gaydar

noun
gay·dar | \ˈgā-ˌdär \

Definition of gaydar 

slang

: the ability to recognize homosexuals through observation or intuition

Examples of gaydar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The authors were then ready to pit their prediction model against humans in what would become a notorious gaydar competition. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine," 9 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gaydar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gaydar

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaydar

blend of gay and radar

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gaydar

Dictionary Entries near gaydar

gayal

gayatri

gaycat

gaydar

gaydiang

gay dog

gayety

Statistics for gaydar

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gaydar

The first known use of gaydar was in 1982

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on gaydar

See words that rhyme with gaydar

Comments on gaydar

What made you want to look up gaydar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!