relating to, involving, or fostering sexism, or attitudes and behavior toward someone based on the person's gender: a sexist remark; sexist advertising.


a person who has sexist attitudes or behaves in a sexist manner.

Nearby words

  1. sexercise,
  2. sexfoil,
  3. sexi-,
  4. sexiness,
  5. sexism,
  6. sexivalent,
  7. sexless,
  8. sexlessly,
  9. sexological,
  10. sexologist

Origin of sexist

1965–70; sex + -ist, on the model of racist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sexist



1965, from sex (n.) on model of racist, coined by Pauline M. Leet, director of special programs at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S., in a speech which was circulated in mimeograph among feminists. Popularized by use in print in Caroline Bird's introduction to "Born Female" (1968).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper