size·​ism ˈsī-zist How to pronounce sizeism (audio)
: discrimination or prejudice directed against people because of their size and especially because of their weight
… this is one way to dismantle the power difference society's privileges grant us through such institutions as racism or classism or ageism or sizeism.Sarah Lucia Hoagland
… Hollywood horror stories about sizeism abound. Carrie Fisher said in 2015 that she had been pressured to lose 35 pounds before appearing in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."Brooks Barnes
sizeist adjective
sizeist comments
With pointed punchlines ranging from racist … to sizeist, to sexist, the actor consistently crosses the line without regret. The Valley Breeze & Observer (Smithfield, Rhode Island)
sizeist noun
plural sizeists
Only sizeists would assume that because she is thin she must now be happy. Andrew Billen

Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sizeism was in 1971

Dictionary Entries Near sizeism

Cite this Entry

“Sizeism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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