mis·​gen·​der | \ ˌmis-ˈjen-dər How to pronounce misgender (audio) \
misgendered; misgendering; misgenders

Definition of misgender

transitive verb

: to identify the gender of (a person, such as a transsexual person) incorrectly (as by using an incorrect label or pronoun) Multiple news outlets misgendered and misidentified Patricio Manuel after he made history this weekend by becoming the first trans boxer to win a pro match.— Nico Lang I don't want to be misgendered or deadnamed at school, and the effectiveness of the current preferred name system demonstrates NYU's commitment to resolving issues that have affected trans students in the past.Washington Square News: New York University

First Known Use of misgender

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Misgender.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misgender. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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