What does manspreader mean?

A guy who sits with his legs spread wide

A manspreader is a male who sits with his legs spread in a very wide stance. He is commonly seen on a subway, bus, airplane, and park bench.

Manspreaders may sound harmless but can wreak havoc in many ways. One of the biggest negatives of a manspreader is when space is at a premium, such as a busy restaurant or subway car, and his wide stance prevents others from sitting down. Public campaigns have been launched to increase awareness of this epidemic but many men have staunchly defended their position citing male biological reasons.


These manspreaders have to be stopped! I counted at least 3 people that couldn't sit on the bench at the bus stop
A manspreader on the bus
A manspreader on the bus

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Updated June 13, 2016

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