- to explain.
Origin of 'splain
informal shortening and alteration of explain
- a combining form extracted from mansplain and meaning “to explain or comment on something in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner, from the perspective of the group one identifies with,” as in ladysplain; whitesplain: racism being whitesplained to a person of color.
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Examples from the Web for splain
This Mr. Splain and the man with the beard are the same, exactly the same.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
I was just making b'lieve, Gertie; I'll 'splain everything to your mother.The Trail of the Hawk
"I'll splain all in a minit," he said with a deprecating wave of the hand.Tales of the Argonauts
"I'll write to father myself, tomorrow, an' 'splain everything," I announced.Explorers of the Dawn
Mazo de la Roche
"I'll 'splain ever'thing as soon as we get to your rooms," promised Dorothy.The Emerald City of Oz
L. Frank Baum