[ man-spleyn ]
/ ˈmænˌspleɪn /

verb (used with or without object)

(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner: He mansplained to her about female friendships.
to comment on or explain something to someone in such a way: I know some women who are guilty of mansplaining.


Also called man·spla·na·tion [man-spluh-ney-shuh n] /ˌmæn spləˈneɪ ʃən/. such an explanation given to someone, usually a woman.

Nearby words

  1. mansonella,
  2. mansonella perstans,
  3. mansonella streptocerca,
  4. mansonelliasis,
  5. mansonia,
  6. manspread,
  7. manstealing,
  8. mansuetude,
  9. mansur,
  10. mansur, al-

Origin of mansplain

First recorded in 2005–10; man1 + 'splain

Related formsman·splain·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019