I'm looking for a single word to describe a person who:

  • Labels or has labelled another person with a specific negative label.


  • Uses this label a lot when referring to that person.

Example sentence:

"Why do you keep calling him that? Stop being a [insert_word]"

"Don't be too much of a [insert_word]"

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    <Insert insult here>
    – Helmar
    Sep 16, 2016 at 11:09
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    I don't think there is word identifying this behavior in a single word. It has to capture the creation of a derogatory epithet, the repetitive usage and possibly the intent for the whole thing. I guess it's mostly just one feature of an overall repelling person for which no one really bothered to find a word. The plane of reason has long been outstripped, why try to address that singular trait.
    – Helmar
    Sep 16, 2016 at 11:14
  • The action of repeatedly using a negative epithet could be described as stigmatizing, defamatory, disparaging, etc.
    – Helmar
    Sep 16, 2016 at 11:21
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    The adjective "judgemental" may be of use. Usage is "Don't be so judgemental". This is slightly more generic than you seem to want though; it has nothing to do with "labels" specifically.
    – AndyT
    Sep 16, 2016 at 11:26
  • Okay, but It is certainly appropos nonetheless. Sep 17, 2016 at 20:29

4 Answers 4




name-caller noun

1. a person who constantly resorts to name-calling.

name-calling noun

1. the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.


"Why do you keep calling him that? Stop being a [insert_word]"



racist (if appropriate)


Or you could rewrite your sentence, for example,

Stop thinking in terms of stereotypes.

Try to see the person, not just the label.

  • I am not sure rewriting example sentences is a helpful approach to single word requests. After all the question is to find that word - or realizing that there is no such thing.
    – Helmar
    Sep 16, 2016 at 20:10
  • "Labeller" is pretty unusual - "Stop labeling people" would be a more familiar form, so it may not fit as a single word here. "Ablist" also has a specific meaning that may not be applicable.
    – Backgammon
    Sep 16, 2016 at 20:58
  • @Backgammon - Oh. What is the specific meaning of ablist you are referring to? Sep 17, 2016 at 3:44

mudslinger (occasionally hyphenated as mud-slinger):


    one that makes malicious attacks especially against a political opponent

You can also use broken record (Br.E.: stuck record) as a (somewhat archaic?) idiom for somebody who says the same thing(s) repeatedly, but is not specific to the use of pejorative labels.

Oxford Dictionaries:

    Used, especially in similes, to refer to a person’s constant and annoying repetition of a particular statement or opinion.

A not-so-common word: pigeonholer

Reference: Collins

someone who likes to pigeonhole people or things

Google Ngram indicates it is rarely used, so it is really up to how desperate you are.

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