Cosplay Dictionary: A helpful guide for finding the right lingo in the world of cosplay and costuming. Suggestions for terms to add to this dictionary are always welcome, please use the Contact Form for any submissions!

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cosplay

1. noun: the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.
2. noun: a skit featuring these costumed characters.
3. verb (used with object): to portray (a fictional character) by dressing in costume. 
4. verb (used without object): to take part in cosplay.


F


frandan

1. A posed named after a cosplayer who used it in many photos taken of her. Consists of putting your hand up to your mouth like you might be whispering something to someone.

 


G


greg

1. verb: To greg, gregging. To wear a wig without a wig cap or otherwise so poorly that your natural hair pokes out from under the wig.: "Did you see his wig? He's gregging so bad!"

 

 


S


sandbagging

1. When a cosplayer continually enters competitions with the same costume, that has already won awards, in order to win more awards. Typically frowned upon as most competitions do not allow costumes that have already placed in similar competitions if they have not had any major alterations. 

slumming

1. When a "high level" cosplayer intentionally competes in a small competition in order to sweep the event.

 

 


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Peace Bonding

1. A form of prop checking at conventions where as an identifying attachment (usually a brightly colored zip tie) is put on the prop to show it has been deemed safe. Derived from earlier convention days where the prop was actually bound into a safe position to make it safe which at that time included metal swords and other authentic weaponry.

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