Definition of manspreading in English:



  • [mass noun] The practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.

    ‘a campaign to discourage manspreading or using an adjacent seat as a footrest’
    • ‘Bloggers have resorted to public shaming, posting photos of manspreading offenders caught in the act of indiscreet sitting.’
    • ‘Several blogs regularly highlight instances of manspreading where knees stretch several feet apart.’
    • ‘The new ads - aimed at curbing rude behavior like manspreading - are set to go up in the subways next month.’
    • ‘Chicago transit officials say manspreading is part of a larger constellation of etiquette issues that irk riders.’
    • ‘We can't offer empirical measures of how common manspreading is on Chicago's trains and buses.’
    • ‘Am tired of seeing signs on ski lift towers saying "No manspreading on the chairlift".’
    • ‘If the manspreading campaign has taught us anything, it's that men can take up a lot of space.’
    • ‘The movement against manspreading is going global, with Chicago, London and Toronto each thinking about taking on the spread.’
    • ‘"I don't know of any complaints that have come through customer service about manspreading," she said.’
    • ‘Perhaps manspreading is a realistic concern for regular commuters during rush hours.’


Early 21st century: from man and spreading (see spread).