or splain


verb (used with or without object) Informal.

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

Historical Examples of 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

    Sinclair Lewis

  • "I'll splain all in a minit," he said with a deprecating wave of the hand.

  • "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.