Dictionary.com Adds “Misgender,” “Intersectionality,” “Lumbersexual,” More

On a lighter note, "butthurt" and "manspread" also made the cut.

Language is a living breathing thing, so the folks at Dictionary.com routinely update their site with new words and definitions. This month alone, 1,700 terms were updated and 300 new words were added—a number of which are relevant to the LGBT community.

“Intersectionality,” which made the cut, has increasingly become part of the conversation when talking about discrimination against women, people of color and non-cisgender/heterosexual people.

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The site defines intersectionality as “the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.”

“Originally an academic term, intersectionality is now widely used in popular culture to frame and analyze discussions, most recently about Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade,” explains the Dictionary.com blog.


Other queer-centric terms include “hijra,” “misgender,” “panromantic,” and “ze,” a pronoun alternative to the masculine “he” and feminine “she.”

Below, check out a sampling of the new terms and definitions on Dictionary.com.

athleisure: a style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear.

butthurt: mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight.

ghosting: the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship.

hijra: a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman.


lumbersexual: a man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack.

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manspread: to sit with one’s legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people.

misgender: to refer to or address (a person, especially one who is transgender) with a pronoun, noun, or adjective that inaccurately represents the person’s gender or gender identity.

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mom jeans: unstylish women’s jeans.

NBD: acronym for “no big deal.”

panromantic: noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

train wreck: a person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc.

warmist: a person who accepts global warming as a reality (a term used by people who reject the concept).

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woke: actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.