One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural friends of Dorothyinformal
A gay man.‘Harry's a real friend of Dorothy, aren't you, Harry?’
- ‘Could he possibly be a fellow friend of Dorothy, his offer a tacit acknowledgment of our brotherhood in the rainbow?’
- ‘But the tag for the ad was, ‘Are you a friend of Dorothy?’’
- ‘You'd hear stories about her banning and threatening people who asked if she was a friend of Dorothy on AOL chat groups.’
- ‘Saying at a social gathering that another man was a ‘friend of Dorothy’ was a euphemism used for discussing sexual orientation without other people knowing what was being discussed.’
- ‘And I don't think this means Bruce is secretly a friend of Dorothy.’
- ‘If you're not a friend of Dorothy, you wouldn't move to Chelsea would you?’
- ‘Do try not to be gun-shy because of your history, or you will become immobilized by the fear of hooking up with yet another friend of Dorothy.’
From the name of Dorothy, a character played by the actress Judy Garland (a gay icon) in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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