|informal a male-to-female transsexual|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a genetic male who has both male and female characteristics; a male who has undergone surgical feminization|
"Davy Crockett's hand would be sure to shake if his iron was pointed within a hundred miles of a shemale." ["Treasury of American Folklore"]By 1972 it had come to be used (disparagingly) for "masculine lesbian." The sense of "transsexual male" seems to date from c.1984.