What does Ladyboy mean?

Ladyboy is a slang term, especially prevalent in Southeast Asia, where it is used for traps or transgender women as well as crossdressers, who appear as women, but are in fact men.

The word itself is mostly associated with Thailand and the local term for “ladyboy” is kathoey.


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What's the origin of Ladyboy?

The word “ladyboy” is a free translation of the word kathoey, which is of Khmer origin.

The phenomenon started emerging in the mid-20th century, however it is hard to pinpoint when the English word was created.

“Ladyboy” appears in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006.

Spread & Usage

How did Ladyboy spread?

The phenomenon had appeared in pop culture, in films such as The Hangover II, in which Stu is told, he had sex with a “ladyboy” and orgasmed at the same time – the “ladyboy” came in Stu, while Stu came on the floor.

The term was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with a bunch of other entries uploaded on the site since then.

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