What does mansplain mean?

When a man explains something in a condescending manner

Mansplain is a term that combines "man" and "explain" and describes a man explaining something in a condescending manner to another person.

Mansplain often occurs when a man is explaining something that may be somewhat confusing to a person who doesn't know as much in that area. But instead of giving a straightforward explanation the man explaining it makes the recipient feel inferior. Mansplain may happen when explaining how a car works or why a penalty was called during a game. Common mansplain perpetrators include mechanics, techies, car salesmen, and politicians.


One thing I hate about getting my car fixed is listening to my mechanic mansplain the issues with my car
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Updated January 17, 2017

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