Have you recently heard someone use the word demigirl and been confused? Demi- as a prefix means half or partial, as in demigod – part god, part human. However, what does it mean to be half or partial girl?
A demigirl is a term that someone uses to describe themselves. Someone may identify as a demigirl if they were born biologically a girl, but they do not feel that the gender fits them exactly.
They can also be male at birth, but identify more closely with being a girl. Instead, they feel that they are in between girl and boy, often leaning more towards girl for one reason or another.
Gender identity, or the gender that you identify most with, exists on a spectrum. It typically aligns with your assigned sex at birth. However, this is not always the case. If someone does not feel they are exactly a girl or a boy, or female or male, they may choose to call themselves many different terms.
Someone who is not completely female – in the way that they see themselves – but leans more than way than towards being male, or does not want to call themselves agendered (without a gender) can identify as a demigirl.
If someone tells you they are a demigirl, it may be a good idea to ask them which pronouns they prefer (most people use she or he, but people who do not identify as man or woman often prefer other pronouns).
Examples of demigirl in a sentence
I started to identify as demigirl after I started to question my gender, and read a blog post online by someone who described exactly what I was feeling.
There are two demigirls in my school; one of them likes to use the she and her pronouns but the other likes to use the they and them pronouns.
Alex is neither a girl nor a boy; they identify as a demigirl.
Dialogue about demigirl
Taylor: Hi Alex! Can I ask you about your gender identification? How did you know that you were a demigirl?
Alex: Hi Taylor! Thanks for asking. Like many things having to do with gender identity and sexual orientation, it was just one of those things that I knew without really having to search or anything.
Taylor: But how did you know about the term demigirl? What exactly does that mean?
Alex: Oh, that’s a great question. I was actually browsing Tumblr, where someone was talking about feeling feminine, but not exactly a girl. At the time, I was surprised about it. I didn’t really realize that other people felt the same way I did! We started chatting with each other about it and eventually we did some research and came across the term.
Taylor: It sounds great that you had support from other people, even if you didn’t know them in person.
Alex: I agree. After the both of us decided that demigirl was a good identity for each of us, as we didn’t feel that we had no gender, like some other people do. Then, we looked for online communities like Facebook groups and forums that we could join. We found some small groups and it’s a supportive community!
Taylor: Do you help other people figure out their gender identity, too?
Alex: Yes, if you or someone else can’t quite find the label for you yet, it’s really useful to find someone who has some experience in something like that.
Taylor: Wow, that’s really great information. Thanks!
Synonyms for demigirl
As gender exists on a spectrum, there are few words that exactly matches the meaning of demigirl. However, the following are synonyms for people who do not quite feel that they are a demigirl.
Other terms for demigirl:
2. demifemale person
3. Transgender: the gender identity of someone who is biologically one sex but identifies as the other
4. Agender: the gender identity of someone who does not have a gender
5. Gender fluid: the gender identity of someone who identifies with traits of both males and females
6. Genderqueer: the gender identity of someone who does not identify strictly with being a man or woman
7. Nonbinary: the sex of someone who is genderqueer
8. Demiguy: the gender identity of someone does not identify strictly as a man or woman but is closer to male
9. Intersex: the gender identity of someone who is born with reproductive and sexual anatomy that does not categorize strictly as male or female