fangirl v.

esp. of a girl or woman: to exhibit extreme devotion (to) or excitement (about); to act like a fangirl n.

Hence fangirling n.

SF Fandom

  • 2003 ‘sephigirl’ [POLL] Identification in (Usenet newsgroup) 26 Apr.

    Trust me, you'll be fangirled to death - I know I'd be fangirling you like crazy. [Ibid. 7 June] Granted, I fangirled with other fangirls over a Saiyuki DVD once but they made eye contact and giggled. Who can resist?

  • 2003 S. Scott The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Reverse Shot (Museum of the Moving Image) 16 Dec. (electronic ed.) page image

    Peter Jackson’s adaptation and visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s revered Lord of the Rings trilogy is nothing short of the finest feat of fantasy filmmaking in the past 50 years, and perhaps beyond. Period. Before I’m mercilessly accused of overstating my case or, worse yet, deluded fangirling, allow me to elaborate.

  • 2005 Edmonton Journal (Alberta) 14 May (Nexis)

    I saw the preview for ed and began fangirling and ran around the bus stop yelling ‘YATTA!’, ‘WAIII!’, ‘URESHI!’ and other random Japanese phrases while holding two bouquets of flowers.

  • 2006 Wired June 24/2

    Two days before the April Wired arrived, my sister at college in Singapore told me that when Neil Gaiman visited, ‘six of my friends went to fangirl him every day’.

  • 2010 New Yorker 20 Sept. 93/2

    Tavi doesn’t consider her relationships with designers to be a conflict of interest, since she views her blog as ‘fangirling’ more than as journalism.

  • 2015 R. Riordan Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes 136 Rick Riordan bibliography

    ‘Daedalus? The Daedalus?’ King Cocalus started fangirling all around the throne room. ‘Can I get a photo with you? Will you sign my crown?’

  • 2019 A. Poston The Princess and the Fangirl 124 Ashley Poston

    I thought being flabbergasted by Darien was the extent of my fangirling, but this is insanely different.

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