gaydar

(GAY.dar)
n.
An intuitive sense that enables someone to identify whether another person is gay.
Example Citations:
I think my Gaydar is broken.
If you are someone other than a straight female living in Sydney, you may require a translation. Gaydar: the technical term used to describe the way in which heterosexual women discern whether a man is homosexual. Also known by its more colloquial name: Queen Meter.
— Mia Freedman, "Sydney unzipped," Sun Herald (Sydney), August 18, 2002
The pick-up area is confined to the west part of the heath, a clearly defined dell cut off from the rest by a main road. Within it, formal, if perfunctory, courtship rituals were being performed among the bare trees. Men meandered with studied slowness along the paths, waiting for eye contact from passers-by. When their ''gaydar'' told them that an assignation was on, they went up short, well-trodden tracks, strewn with foil condom wrappers, which led straight into the undergrowth.
— Nick Cohen, "Out in the undergrowth," The Independent (London), March 15, 1992
Earliest Citation:
She's gay? Bi? How come my gaydar hadn't picked up on it? Maybe the flashing of her breasts in my face had been deliberate.
—Margaret Cruikshank, The Lesbian Path, Double Axe Books, January 1, 1981
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  • Gaydar — ist ein Kofferwort aus den Teilen Gay und Radar. Es bezeichnet ein fiktives Sinnesorgan oder Messinstrument, welches vor allem bei Homosexuellen vorkommt und ausschlägt, sobald man einen Schwulen oder eine Lesbe zu erkennen glaubt. Tatsächlich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gaydar — by 1996, in gay literature, from GAY (Cf. gay) + RADAR (Cf. radar) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gaydar — /gāˈdär/ (informal) noun The supposed ability of a person, esp a homosexual, to sense whether or not someone else is homosexual ORIGIN: ↑gay and ↑radar …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gaydar — from 1950 1973.cite web last=Adams first=Mary Louise title=The Trouble with Normal: Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality publisher=University of Toronto Press date=1997, ISBN 080208057X url=http://books.google.com/books?id=piG4Uprd RoC …   Wikipedia

  • Gaydar — Para otros usos de este término, véase Gaydar (desambiguación). Gaydar. Gaydar (contracción de las palabras gay y radar) es la capacidad intuitiva de evaluar la sexualidad de otro como gay (homosexual), bi (bisexual) o hetero (heterosexual). La… …   Wikipedia Español

  • gaydar — n. sense or intuition about who is homosexual (from gay + radar). My gaydar is never wrong. He s homosexual …   English slang

  • gaydar — noun Etymology: blend of gay and radar Date: 1982 slang the ability to recognize homosexuals through observation or intuition …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gaydar — noun /ˈɡeɪdɑɹ/ The supposed ability to detect whether or not a person is gay by observing that person …   Wiktionary

  • Gaydar — ability to recognise gay men on sight (blend of gay + radar ) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • gaydar — Australian Slang ability to recognise gay men on sight (blend of gay + radar ) …   English dialects glossary

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