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'splain

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[ spleyn ]
/ spleɪn /
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verb (used with or without object) Informal.
a shortened form of explain.
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Origin of 'splain

By shortening and alteration of explain

Other definitions for 'splain (2 of 2)

-splain

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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