Transgender slang, slurs, and controversial words

This is under construction. Slurs and controversial words are in “quotes.” See also transgender glossary and transgender acronyms.

ace [abbreviation] (adjective): asexual

admirer [slang] (noun): someone who is attracted to transgender people. Used to describe someone whose sexual orientation leans towards people who are gender expansive, and who may be attracted to such a person based on their combination of sex characteristics, or is attracted to the very essence of gender in that person, regardless of their combination of genitals or secondary sexual characteristics.

“autogynephilia” [jargon] (noun): a controversial concept, best described as “a man’s paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of oneself as a woman.” Considered by some to be a motivation for transition in some trans women, especially later-transitioning women. Sometimes abbreviated AGP. Adjectival autogynephilic. Please see “Autogynephilia”: A disputed diagnosis for details on the controversy.

beat (verb): to put on makeup. Also an adjective for expert application of makeup: “Her face was beat for the gods.”

bi [abbreviation] (adjective): bisexual

bind (verb): to cover the chest area with a binder, usually to conceal chest feminization.

biogirl also bio-girl: [slang] (noun): a non-trans woman. Some do not consider this a preferred term (see GG), because it implies a trans person has no biological basis for identifying as female.

bioguy also bio-guy [slang] (noun): a non-trans man. Some do not consider this a preferred term, because it implies a trans person has no biological basis for identifying as male.

blanchtard” [slur] (noun): someone who agrees with Ray Blanchard on transgender issues, especially his views on paraphilia. Portmanteau of Blanchard + retard.

booger queen” [slur]: An unattractive drag queen, often intentionally unattractive.

boots [slang] (adverb): very much

boy mode [slang] (noun or verb): presenting in a “masculine” gender role: “I worked in boy mode while I finished my electrolysis.” As a verb, usually styled boymode: “He’s been boymoding everywhere but work.”

boymoder [slang] (noun): someone who presents in a “masculine” gender role.

brick” [slur] (noun): a derogatory term for someone who does not “pass” or isn’t accepted as female.

brickhouse” [slur] (noun): a derogatory term for gatherings where trans attendees do not “pass.”

busted [slur] (adjective): messy

camp [slang] (noun): failed seriousness, often in art or appearance, that can be simultaneously enjoyed and derided. Adjective campy. In 20th century usage, it was sometimes used with the article a: “The whole night at that bar was a camp!”

chaser” [slur] (noun): short for tranny chaser, someone attracted to transgender people.

chicks with dicks” [slur] (noun): another term from pornography used to describe transwomen. Considered highly offensive.

cis [abbreviation] (adjective): cisgender, aka not transgender: “He thought I was a cis woman even though I was at a transgender event.” Cis is a Latin prefix meaning the opposite of trans.

cishet or cis-het [abbreviation] (adjective): cisgender heterosexual. Someone who is not transgender who identifies as straight.

clock [slang] (verb): to recognize someone who is not “passing” to you: “I got clocked in the grocery store by a toddler.”

crossdreamer [slang] (noun): a person who dreams about expressing their gender differently but can’t do so in the ways they want to. A value-neutral and non-pathologizing term of self-identity.

cunty” [slang] (adjective): a compliment among some that means you look like a non-transgender woman, e.g., very feminine or very beautiful: “Your makeup has you looking positively cunty.” Often considered highly offensive, as it derives from slang for vagina.

deadname [slang] (verb): to use someone’s old name (dead name), especially if it is done maliciously. See deadnaming.

deep stealth [slang] (noun): “passing” at a level where one’s trans status is not known by anyone they interact with on a daily basis, esp. a sex partner.

Dermablend girl” [slur, rare] (noun): someone with poor makeup skills, especially someone trying to cover facial hair shadow with heavy concealer like Dermablend.

desist” [slang] (verb): to stop, especially to stop expressing or identifying as a gender not assigned at birth. Often used to describe behavior of minors. Originally used to describe stopping of criminal behavior. A controversial concept because it frames gender identity and expression as a binary, not a spectrum.

detransition” [slang] (verb): to shift one’s gender expression and possibly gender identity after a previous shift. A controversial concept because it frames gender identity and expression as a binary, not a spectrum.

dickgirl” [slang] (noun): a trans woman in pornography with top surgery or development and no bottom surgery. Often used in relation to pornographic futanari anime.

dilate” (verb): to use a vaginal stent or dilator to maintain one’s vagina after vaginoplasty.

dolls with balls” [slur] (noun): a term from pornography for trans women who have not had bottom surgery.

dragzilla” [slur] (noun): a derogatory term for someone who does not “pass” or isn’t accepted as female.

dude out [slang] (verb): to be read while making a feminine presentation: “I got duded out on the street by some kids.”

egg [slang] (noun): someone who is unaware, in denial, or has not come out about their gender identity.

electro [abbreviation] (noun): electrolysis.

en drab [slang]: not wearing preferred clothing, especially when dressed as a male.

en femme [slang]: dressed as a female.

enby, also nb [slang] (adjective): non-binary.

endo [abbreviation] (noun): endocrinologist.

femboy [abbreviation] (noun): feminine boy, especially a cisgender boy.

fephe” or “fifi” [slang, very rare] (abbreviation): female phenotype, or having a feminine appearance despite “male genes.” Few consider this a preferred term, because it implies a trans person has no biological basis for identifying as female.

fetish [informal] (noun): an interest, often sexual, in something atypical.

fish” or “fishy” [slang] (adjective):

  1. a derogatory term used by some to refer to non-transgender women. Often considered highly offensive in this context, as it derives from the purported smell of women’s vaginas: “That cold fish of a waitress gave us bad service because we are trans.”
  2. a compliment among some that means you look like a non-transgender woman, e.g., very feminine or very beautiful: “Your makeup has you looking pure fish.”

flawless (adjective): someone whose appearance is impressive.

full time or full-time (adjective): living consistently all day every day in one’s chosen gender.

futanari [Japanese] (noun): a genre of erotic anime depicting people with exaggerated breasts and penises (aka dickgirls). Sometimes abbreviated futa.

gaff: a device used to secure tucked male genitalia in place to make the area appear female.

gag [slang] (verb)to show extreme jealousy: “I gagged when I saw how good she looked.” Adjective gagging: “She is absolutely gagging now that she had her nose done.”

gatekeeping (noun): The practice of controlling access to health services via restrictive models of care.

gender critical” [jargon] (noun): a term proposed as a value-neutral way to describe people who are critical or unaccepting of transgender people or issues.

genderfuck [slang] (noun): someone who deliberately appears visibly gender variant or rejects gender roles.

gender nazi” [slur, rare] (noun): (1) a derogatory term for rigid transitioners or caregivers (e.g., “gatekeepers”) who advocate a restrictive model of care.

girl juice [slang] (noun): injectable feminizing hormones.

girl mode [slang] (noun or verb): presenting in a “feminine” gender role: “I worked in girl mode while I saved for top surgery.” As a verb, usually styled girlmode: “She’s been girlmoding everywhere but work.”

girlmoder [slang] (noun): someone who presents in a “feminine” gender role.

gorge (slang): abbreviation for gorgeous

groin job [slang, rare] (noun): bottom surgery.

GG” [slang] (noun): genetic girl, sometimes used as a term to describe non-trans women (as opposed to TG). Often considered derogatory.

guys in disguise” [slur] (noun): “masculine”-appearing people in “feminine” clothing.

GW” [slang] (noun): genetic woman, sometimes used as a term to describe non-transgender women. Often considered derogatory.

gynandromorphophilia” [jargon] (noun): a disease that claims attraction to transgender people is a mental disorder. See Gynandromorphophilia: a disputed diagnosis.

gynemimetophilia” [jargon] (noun): a disease that claims attraction to transgender people is a mental disorder.

hard” [slur] (adjective): unattractive or not “passing.”

Harry Benjamin Syndrome” [jargon] (noun): a disease proposed by people who view being transgender as an illness.

HBSer” [slur] (noun): a person who identifies as having “Harry Benjamin Syndrome.” Used dismissively by critics of this proposed disease.

herbals [slang] (noun): dietary supplements purported to have feminizing or masculinizing effects. Most have no clinical proof they work as claimed.

homosexual transsexual” [jargon] (noun): a term suggested by some sexologists for trans people who identify as straight. Sometimes abbreviated HSTS.

hon” [slur] (noun): a person whose gender transition has not helped them “pass” or be attractive. Sometimes used with modifiers like voicehon for someone whose voice does not “pass,” or framehon whose body size does not allow them to “pass.” It comes from the cliché, “You look great, hon,” which is often used by older transitioners who do not “pass.”

hunty” [slang] (noun): Portmanteau of honey and cunt.

jocks in frocks” [slur] (noun): “masculine”-appearing people in “feminine” clothing.

juice [slang] (noun): injectable hormones.

kiki (verb): to get together for fun. Also a noun: “Let’s have a kiki when you’re back in town.”

ladyboy” [slang] (noun): a transgender woman, especially a Thai woman, where the term if often a rough translation of kathoey.

larper” [slur] (noun): Someone pretending to be a gender minority or presenting an inauthentic gender role. From LARP, an acronym for live-action roleplaying.

LesBiGaTr: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender. An overarching term for anyone outside gender norms.

lewks [slang] (noun): alternate spelling of looks.

life [slang] (noun): great enjoyment: “That song is giving me life!”

lipo [abbrevation]: liposuction

look [slang] (noun): a specific aesthetic, usually a combination of makeup, clothes, hairstyle. and attitude.

ma’am [slang] (verb): To be gendered as feminine, usually when you want to be: “I got ma’amed at the store today.”

malefailing [slang] (noun): to be gendered as feminine while attempting to present in a masculine gender role.

Mary Kay girl” [slur, rare] (noun): someone with poor fashion or makeup skills.

misgender (verb): to use a pronoun that someone does not identify with, especially intentionally.

mones [abbreviation]: hormones

mug [slang] (noun): face: “She sure beat her mug tonight.”

Mx. [abbreviation] gender-neutral honorific equivalent of Mr. and Ms.

my T [slang] (noun): my trans identity, also my historymy legend, my situationmy deal, my function: “I don’t tell anybody my T.”

natal (adjective): Literally “born,” used by some to exclude trans people from the definition of femininity. See also “woman-born woman.

necronym [slang] (noun): someone’s old name (dead name). See deadnaming.

newhalf” [slang] (noun): A trans woman, especially a Japanese trans person, as the word is associated with nyūhāfu.

non-op” [abbreviation] (adjective): Non-operative, someone who does not plan to have surgery, especially bottom surgery. Many feel that categorizing by surgical status is derogatory.

orch, orchie or orchy [abbreviation]: orchiectomy

pack (verb): to put a genital prosthetic in one’s clothes to create the shape of a penis and other external genitalia.

part time (adjective): someone who does not express their gender full time, usually because they are not out at work.

pig in a wig” [slur] (noun): an unattractive person wearing a wig, especially a trans woman who does not “pass.”

post-op [abbreviation] (adjective): post-operative, or had surgery, especially bottom surgery. Sometimes used as an objectifying noun by those who are attracted to transgender people: “Post-ops don’t interest me at all.” Many feel that categorizing by surgical status is derogatory.

pre-op” [abbreviation] (adjective): pre-operative, or has not had surgery, especially bottom surgery. Sometimes used as an objectifying noun by those who are attracted to transgender people: “I only like pre-ops.” Many feel that categorizing by surgical status is derogatory.

pshrink [slang] (noun): therapist.

psych [abbreviation] (noun): a psychologist or psychiatrist: “I got my psych letters.”

pump [slang] (verb): to be injected with silicone, a cheap but often illegal way to change your body shape. Also adjective pumped.

punk [slang] (verb): to be recognized as transgender, esp. by a non-trans person: “Somebody punked me at the bar last night.”

pussy [slang] (noun): femininity: “She is serving pussy on a platter with that look!” Often considered highly offensive, as it derives from slang for vagina.

read [slang] (verb): 1. to be recognized as transgender, esp. by a non-trans person. 2. to insult someone, as in, “I had to read her after she was acting shady.”

real girl” [slur]: a cisgender woman. Considered highly offensive.

realness (noun): from ball culture, where participants would dress in aspirational categories (like runway realness or executive realness). Realness is a subversive version of “passing,” a way to show that if participants had the opportunity, they could be one, because they can look like one.

repfuel [slang, abbreviation] (noun): short for repression fuel, something a person uses to repress their interest in changing their gender expression. Repfuel is often media of trans people who are unattractive or do not “pass.”

repressor [slang] (noun): a person who is fighting the wish to change their gender expression.

Roger” [slang, rare]: A trans woman who does not “pass” and has given up trying to pass.

rough” [slur] (adjective): unattractive or not “passing.”

serve [slang] (verb): to present a look that makes a statement: “She is serving flawless beauty tonight.”

shade (noun): a kind of subtle insult. Adjective shady. “She threw shade at me when I showed up in that busted wig.”

shemale” [slur] (noun): a sexualized term popularized in pornography for a transgender woman who has not had bottom surgery. Often considered highly offensive. Also “she-male.”

sickening (adjective): impressive enough to cause jealousy.

sil [abbreviation] (noun): silicone, a substance sometimes illegally injected into the hips, breasts and face, usually to make the appearance more feminine.

sir [slang] (verb): To be gendered as masculine, usually when you don’t want to be: “I got sirred at the store today.”

sis [slang] (noun): sister. Sometimes said ironically (“Hey sis!”), as it is a cliché term among later transitioners who do not “pass.”

sissification [slang] (noun): Erotic roleplaying a feminine gender role, sometimes called genderplay. It may also include other kinds of roleplaying like ageplay or animal roleplay. It may also include elements of control and consent, such as submissiveness, “forced” or unconsented feminization, and hypnosis.

sissy” [slang] (noun):

  1. a person, especially a child, whose “feminine” appearance and behavior goes against the “masculine” gender role they are supposed to perform. Considered offensive by some.
  2. a person in the kink community with erotic or autoerotic interest in feminization.

skin transvestite” [slur] (noun): an unattractive trans person, especially a trans woman who seeks medical procedures for erotic reasons instead of for their gender identity and expression. Often used to imply the person is not a “real transsexual.”

sluts with nuts” [slur] (noun): a term from pornography for trans women who have not had bottom surgery.

sniffer” or “transie-sniffer” [slang] (noun): a trans-attracted person, especially a man seeking trans women.

spill the T or spill the tea [slang] (verb): to have your identity divulged by someone: “Someone I used to work with spilled my T at my new job.”

spook [slang] (verb): to identify someone when they are not “passing.” See also read.

stealth [slang] (adjective): “passing” to the extent that most people do not know you are trans.

stealth mode [slang] (noun): living stealth.

stent (noun): a medical term for a dilator.

TERF” or “terf” [jargon] (noun): originally an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, a term proposed as a value-neutral way to describe feminists who are critical or unaccepting of transgender people or issues. It morphed into shorthand for any gender critical person or idea and is usually used as an accusation or insult. Most people who would be described as TERFs consider it a slur and prefer other terms to describe their views. Sometimes humorously pluralized as terves.

throw shade [slang] (verb): to insult. See also read.

titty skittles [slang, rare] (noun): estrogen pills, a kind of feminizing hormone.

tomboy” [slang] (noun):

  1. a person, especially a child, whose “masculine” appearance and behavior goes against the “feminine” gender role they are supposed to perform. Considered offensive by some.

trachea shave or trache shave: a surgical throat feminization procedure for removing cartilage.

trancel” [slur] (noun): a person who frequents toxic online communities and blames trans people for their problems. Trancels are often trans-attracted and/or wish to transition but fear rejection. Many have a deep and abiding hatred or contempt for some or all trans people. Portmanteau of trans + incel (an abbreviation for “involuntary celibate”).

tranner” [slang] (noun): a term used by some trans people to describe other trans people. Often considered a slur if used by people outside the community.

trannie” [slang] (noun): a term used by some trans people to describe other trans people. Often considered a slur if used by people outside the community.

tranny” [slang] (noun): a term used by some trans people to describe other trans people. Often considered a slur if used by people outside the community.

tranny-chaser” [slur] (noun): a term used to describe someone who is attracted to transgender people. Also “transie-chaser.” Sometimes abbreviated to “chaser.”

transbian [abbreviation] (noun): transgender lesbian. Portmanteau of trans + lesbian

transfan [slang] (noun): someone who is attracted to transgender people.

transie” [slang] (noun): a term used by some trans people to describe other trans people. Often considered a slur if used by a non-transgender person.

transmedicalist” [slur] (noun): someone who thinks of being trans as a medical condition.

transtrender” [slur] (noun): someone who allegedly identifies as transgender because it’s trendy. Usually used as an accusation.

trap” [slur] (noun): a trans person, especially one who is attractive. The term emerged from Star Wars‘ Admiral Ackbar line, “It’s a trap.”

trender” [slur, abbreviation] (noun): short for “transtrender.”

triple T” or “TTT” [slang, rare] (adjective): trannier than thou. Someone who acts as if they are better or more authentic than other trans people.

troon” [slur] (noun): a person, especially a “masculine” woman, who gets misgendered.

truscum” [slur] (noun): someone who thinks they are a “true” trans person and others are not.

trutrans” [slur] (noun): someone who thinks they are a “true” trans person and others are not.

tuck: [slang] (verb): to conceal penis and testicles by tucking them between the legs.

twink [slang] (noun): a young, “feminine” person who usually identifies as gay and male.

unclockable [slang] (adjective): Describes someone who is “passing” so well they are accepted without question or suspicion in their chosen gender.

woman-born woman” or “womyn-born womyn“: [jargon] (noun): a term used by some to describe cisgender women, as a way to exclude transgender women.

woodworking [slang] (noun): “passing” to the extent that most people do not know you are trans.

work, also werk, werq (verb): make the most of something: “Girl, you are working that look.” Also an interjection: “Yaaaas, werk queen!”

zap [slang] (verb): to get unwanted hair removed, esp. with electrolysis.