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From mis- +‎ gender. Attested since at least 1990.



misgender (third-person singular simple present misgenders, present participle misgendering, simple past and past participle misgendered)

  1. (transitive) To refer to (a person) using terms that express the wrong gender, either unknowingly or intentionally; for example by calling a woman "son" or a boy "she".
    Coordinate terms: deadname, mispronoun
    • 2016, Michele Angello, ‎Ali Bowman, Raising the Transgender Child:
      Occasionally, of course, we misgender people by accident. As a child is transitioning from presenting as a boy to presenting as a girl, for example, it may take time for friends and adults around that child to remember to use the pronoun "she," no matter how loving, accepting, and well meaning they are.
    • 2019, Katie Steele, ‎Julie Nicholson, Radically Listening to Transgender Children:
      A cis man who passes easily as male—meaning he was assigned male at birth, he identifies as male, he embodies his culture's ideals of masculinity comfortably, and he has never experienced being misgendered—is at the pinnacle of gender privilege and gender identity power.
    • 2020, Tim Fitzsimons, “Trump campaign adviser 'won't apologize' for misgendering trans health official”, in www.nbcnews.com[1]:
      Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis intentionally misgendered Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, on Twitter early Monday morning.
  2. (transitive, grammar) To use the wrong grammatical gender with a word.
    • 2017, Rebecca Schuman, Schadenfreude, A Love Story:
      Leonie was always, in fact, the first to point out a misconjugated verb, a misgendered noun, []

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