Meaning of incel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪnsɛl/


  • A member of an online community of young men who consider themselves unable to attract women sexually, typically associated with views that are hostile towards women and men who are sexually active.

    ‘self-identified incels have used the internet to find anonymous support’
    • ‘it's not the first time the incel movement has been linked to violence’
    • ‘He was hailed by members of the incel movement as one of their own.’
    • ‘This atmosphere of unease only worsened with reports that incels were planning some kind of action.’
    • ‘It was a deliberate act by an angry incel who blamed women for his shortcomings.’
    • ‘His blog reached 60,000 readers—mainly young men involved in the incel movement.’
    • ‘The media and the FBI warned us the film may incite violence from incels.’
    • ‘I do not form my opinions on gender by reading incel forums.’
    • ‘Fed up with the booing, he insinuated that the protesters were incels.’
    • ‘In recent years, a remarkable portion of mass shooters have been self-described incels.’
    • ‘I'm not an incel but I have issues getting with women.’
    • ‘He is not an incel. He doesn't rant about about women having too much power.’


1990s (originally in the form invcel): blend of involuntary and celibate.