Definition of gaydar in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That didn't necessarily prove he was gay, but my gaydar certainly was registering.’
    • ‘Call it a sixth sense or gaydar or whatever you will, I just knew.’
    • ‘On a related note, I was issued a pretty non-functional gaydar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't hear a word he's saying because every time he comes on screen my gaydar goes off.’
    • ‘I thought lesbians were supposed to have some sort of highly honed gaydar, anyway.’
    • ‘My gaydar went off and I thought: Thank goodness, an ally.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those references may elude us today, but we have our own intelligence, which includes enough gaydar to pick up the traces of homosexuality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oblivious to cues, devoid of gaydar, I shuffle through my days, despondently convinced that no one could possibly find me attractive.’
    • ‘Plus his gaydar was bleeping ‘lesbian’ over and over again.’
    • ‘But even if the characters confound your gaydar, the issues are universal.’
    • ‘The mystical homosexual power known as gaydar fails, and some delicious complications ensue.’
    • ‘While effective, the problem with gaydar is that it is based purely on homosexual stereotypes.’
    • ‘Yeah, we'll look for any bleeps on the gaydar.’
    • ‘Sure, your gaydar would hit 0 every time [you saw him], but you would be so wrong.’
    • ‘Her gaydar never ‘got tuned in,’ but that does not mean other women cannot identify the lesbians.’
    • ‘There's no denying that, in this age of metrosexuality, the whole notion of gaydar is getting more difficult to fine-tune.’
    1. 1.1 The putative ability of heterosexuals to discern the homosexuality of others.


1980s: blend of gay and radar.