gay·​dar | \ ˈgā-ˌdär How to pronounce gaydar (audio) \

Definition of gaydar

: the ability to recognize homosexuals through observation or intuition

Examples of gaydar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. Fox News, "US-China trade war - and its impact - to be on display; AOC has warning for Dems," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of gaydar

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaydar

blend of gay and radar

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“Gaydar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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