What does manspreading mean?

Sitting with legs opened wide

Manspreading means sitting in a posture with legs opened wide. It is performed by the majority of men when they sit down.

The worst possible time for manspreading is when space is at a premium, such as a park bench or city bus, and the wide stance prevents others from sitting down or feeling awkward. Urban areas with many residents are most at risk to encounter the manspreading epidemic.


Even after an old lady got on the bus, he wouldn't stop manspreading!
A guy manspreading next to a woman

A guy manspreading next to a woman

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Updated December 19, 2016

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