Definition of gaydar in US English:



  • 1The putative ability of homosexuals to recognize one another intuitively or by means of very slight indications.

    • ‘But even if the characters confound your gaydar, the issues are universal.’
    • ‘Perhaps he should think of the effect this gaydar has outside of the ease it gives homosexuals in finding romantic or sexual partners and think about the consequences of accepting this stereotypical appearance.’
    • ‘Plus his gaydar was bleeping ‘lesbian’ over and over again.’
    • ‘Those references may elude us today, but we have our own intelligence, which includes enough gaydar to pick up the traces of homosexuality.’
    • ‘On a related note, I was issued a pretty non-functional gaydar.’
    • ‘Oblivious to cues, devoid of gaydar, I shuffle through my days, despondently convinced that no one could possibly find me attractive.’
    • ‘While effective, the problem with gaydar is that it is based purely on homosexual stereotypes.’
    • ‘And like those two similarly flamboyant and energetic performers, he was a master of hiding in plain sight, neither confirming nor denying what anyone with even moderately well-tuned gaydar knew anyway.’
    • ‘There's no denying that, in this age of metrosexuality, the whole notion of gaydar is getting more difficult to fine-tune.’
    • ‘Her gaydar never ‘got tuned in,’ but that does not mean other women cannot identify the lesbians.’
    • ‘I can't hear a word he's saying because every time he comes on screen my gaydar goes off.’
    • ‘At first, the mixed crowd appeared mostly hetero, and it took some gaydar adjustment to detect the hot femme look that predominates in much of lesbian Latin America.’
    • ‘Yeah, we'll look for any bleeps on the gaydar.’
    • ‘A negative response resulting from a failed use of gaydar would most likely be an indication of that person's insecurity over his or her own sexual orientation - which is what homophobia is, fundamentally.’
    • ‘Sure, your gaydar would hit 0 every time [you saw him], but you would be so wrong.’
    • ‘That didn't necessarily prove he was gay, but my gaydar certainly was registering.’
    • ‘My gaydar went off and I thought: Thank goodness, an ally.’
    • ‘Call it a sixth sense or gaydar or whatever you will, I just knew.’
    • ‘I thought lesbians were supposed to have some sort of highly honed gaydar, anyway.’
    • ‘The mystical homosexual power known as gaydar fails, and some delicious complications ensue.’
    1. 1.1 The putative ability of heterosexuals to discern the homosexuality of others.


1980s: blend of gay and radar.