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transgendered (comparative more transgendered, superlative most transgendered)

  1. (uncommon, offensive, proscribed) Transgender; having changed gender identity (with or without surgery) from male to female, or from female to male. (Compare transsexual.)

Usage notesEdit

  • The term transgender is 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]


transgendered (plural transgendereds)

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

Usage notesEdit

  • The adjective transgendered may be offensive as is, and use of it as a noun may make it even more offensive — 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–.
  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"