- (informal, derogatory) The practice of men splaying their legs open wide when sitting on public transport, thus occupying more than one seat.
2015 January 16, Natasha Devon, “The rise of stranger shaming: How humiliating others became acceptable”, in The Independent, London:
- Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram show thousands pictures of men engaging in this behaviour, and New York's transit authority launched a campaign against ‘manspreading’, with a Tumblr dedicated: Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train.
2016, Kelly Starrett, Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World, page 190:
- Manspreading creates stability for your pelvis and lower back. You can either position your feet together and let your knees fall to the sides or spread your feet wide.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:manspreading.
practice of men splaying their legs open wide when sitting on public transport