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transgendered (comparative more transgendered, superlative most transgendered)

  1. Transgender; denoting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond with their birth sex. (Compare transsexual.)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term transgender has become more common[1] and is preferred by many transgender people; several dictionaries, style guides and other authorities specifically proscribe transgendered, often comparing its use to the hypothetical use of blacked in place of black or lesbianed in place of lesbian.[2][3][4][5][6]
  • However, transgendered has also been used historically within the transgender community. Julia Serano, transgender activist and writer, describes transgendered as having been commonplace within the transgender community until the early 2000s, noting that it is used in "classic" transgender-related books such as Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw and Leslie Feinberg’s Trans Liberation. She compares it to the term gendered, which is accepted as grammatically correct and is not proscribed.[7] Similarly, transgender activist Matt Kailey argued that the creation of adjectives by adding the suffix "-ed" is very common in the English language, giving examples like tired and middle-aged.[8]


transgendered (plural transgendereds)

  1. (nonstandard, rare, offensive) A transgendered person.

Usage notes[edit]

  • See the usage note at transgender regarding the use of this type of word as a noun.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of transgender


  1. ^ Google Ngrams data show that transgender has been more common since 1998
  2. ^ GLAAD Media Reference Guide - Transgender Issues: Problematic: "transgendered". Preferred: transgender. The adjective transgender should never have an extraneous "-ed" tacked onto the end. An "-ed" suffix adds unnecessary length to the word and can cause tense confusion and grammatical errors. It also brings transgender into alignment with lesbian, gay, and bisexual. You would not say that Elton John is "gayed" or Ellen DeGeneres is "lesbianed," therefore you would not say Chaz Bono is "transgendered."
  3. ^ transgendered” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  4. ^ German Lopez, Why you should always use "transgender" instead of "transgendered" (Vox, 18 February 2015)
  5. ^ Dan Savage, Savage Love: Gayed, Blacked, Transgendered (Creative Loafing, 11 January 2014)
  6. ^ Guardian and Observer style guide: use transgender [...] only as an adjective: transgender person, trans person; never "transgendered person" or "a transgender"
  7. ^ A Personal History of the "T-word": We routinely talk about people being “gendered,” so it makes sense that one might describe someone as being “transgendered.” But at some point in the mid-’00s, there were increasing complaints about “transgendered.” Many of these centered on the notion that, because the word is an adjective, it is grammatically incorrect to add an “-ed” to it, or that the “-ed” implied “past tense” (although others have thoroughly debunked such claims).
  8. ^ Trasgender v. Transgendered: Changing My Policy, Not My Mind