trans·​pho·​bia | \ˌtran(t)s-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌtranz-\

Definition of transphobia 

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender or transsexual people We're also seeing historic levels of transphobia—discrimination, hate speech and violent, even fatal attacks on transgender women and men.— Terry O'Neill, The Huffington Post, 8 Sept. 2014

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from transphobia

transphobic \ˌtran(t)s-​ˈfō-​bik, ˌtranz-​ \ adjective
transphobic comments … people fleeing homophobic or transphobic persecution. — Mary O'Hara, The Guardian (London), 16 July 2014

First Known Use of transphobia

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transphobia

trans + -phobia (after homophobia)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about transphobia

Share transphobia

Statistics for transphobia

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for transphobia

The first known use of transphobia was in 1992

See more words from the same year

Comments on transphobia

What made you want to look up transphobia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!