Full record for femmefan n.

Definition a female fan
OED requirements antedating 1947
Earliest cite in Startling Stories
Comment Also appears in the forms "femme-fan" and "femme fan".

Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite for the form "femme fens" from a letter in Startling Stories. Fred Galvin submitted several 1948 cites from the letter column in Startling Stories for the forms "femme fans" and "femme-fans". Fred Galvin submitted 1948 cites for the form "femme fans" in a letter in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for the form "femme fans" from a letter by Marion Zimmer in Startling Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Dick Eney's "Fancyclopedia II". Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for the form "fem-fan" in a letter in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Irene Grumman submitted a 1972 cite from Rich Brown's "Dear Ted".

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Citations for femmefan n.

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1947 Startling Stories Jan. 107/1 Incidentally, where are all the femme fens? Only one, Lee Budoff, in this issue.
1948 Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 101/1 We like femme fans, even though none of them has yet come up with Sneary's spelling.
1948 Startling Stories July 128/1 The next thing I hope will happen will be, that some kind author will write a story with a woman as hero. Hmm, that's an idea. Maybe I'll do it myself. I mean a full-length fantastic novel. With a woman as hero. Why not have Miss Brackett do it for you? Or even St. Clair—if she could tuck up her humor for long enough. Come on, femme fans, why don't you all write in and ASK the editor to print one!
1948 Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 128/1 Maybe there aren't many active femme fans—I don't know anything about ‘fandom’ myself—and I don't know the average age of your lady readers—but I do know that when a gal has a husband and a couple of kids she doesn't have time to gallivant around to conventions and such.
1948 Startling Stories Sept. 136/2 Rather a plentiful swarm of femme-fans' letters in TEV this ish. The femmes are all right I suppose but too many of them louse up an otherwise good TEV section.
1948 Startling Stories Sept. 130/1 Femmefen
1959 D. Eney Fancyclopedia II 62 FANNE (pronounced ‘fan’). A female fan; also femmefan. Nancy Share tried to introduce Firl, but this didn't catch on. Feminine objection to this term is caused by clods giving the silent E full value (cf Fanspeak).
1972 R. Brown Dear Ted in Fantastic Sci. Fiction Oct. 97/2 When I went to fan-club meetings, I was no longer Rich Brown, the fan who put out a fairly good fanzine, but Rich Brown, the fan-turned-pro who was doing some awfully exciting stuff. Femmefans offered to sit in my lap. Among other things.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun viii. 102 Several of the less grotesque femmefans had hinted at a willingness to add a night with an Eminent Pro to their list of celebrity memorabilia.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 87 A semicircle of femmefans twisted in their chairs to stare at him.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 328 Downstairs in one of the function rooms, he found Dinsby in a circle of femmefans surrounding Gordon.