List of LGBT slang terms

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The following is a list of LGBT slurs. Some of the terms may be considered acceptable to LGBT peoples in a casual register when used among members within LGBT communities and allies. Many imply masculinity in women (e.g., "bull dyke") or effeminacy in men (e.g., "fairy").

Female[edit]

A member of the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club
  • Bean flicker – "Likening the clitoris to a bean"[1]
  • Butch, butch-broad[2]
  • Butter beaner
  • Button stitcher
  • Carpet muncher (or rug muncher)[3]
  • Celesbian
  • Clam Licker
  • Clam Slammer
  • Chunder Plunder
  • Clit raider
  • Doubler tucker
  • Dyke (variations: bull dyke, bull dagger (alternatively bulldagger, bulldicker,[4] from 1920s black American slang))[5][6][7]
    • Vin Diesel dyke[8]
    • Drag dyke[9]
  • Fanny Basher
  • Flap queen
  • Kitty puncher or pussy puncher with both kitty and pussy referring to a woman's vagina and puncher a variation on various derogatory terms for gay men like donut puncher et al.[10]
  • Lezzie/Lesbo/Leso (also lezzer/lesser) (abbreviation for lesbian)[11]
  • Lick-a-lotta-puss
  • Mirror polisher
  • Mound masher
  • Muff buffer
  • Muff Diver[12]
  • Muff muncher
  • Rug muncher
  • She who drinks from the furry cup
  • Shrub-Scout
  • Scissorchick/scissor sister (a lesbian who engages in scissoring)
  • Sis lover
  • Taco bumper
  • Tit gobbler
  • Tribade
  • Twopence Licker
  • The Game of Flats (an 18th-century English term for sex between women)[13]
  • Todger dodger, todger meaning penis[14]
  • Womb Raider

Male[edit]

  • Airy Dairy Fairy – flight attendant
  • Anal assassin (United Kingdom) or anal astronaut[15]
  • Anal Buccaneer
  • Arse bandit[16]
  • Back door bandit[17]
  • Backgammon player (late 18th century Britain)[18]
  • Bandit (Raging, Raving)
  • Batty boy (alternatively botty boy),[19] also batty man
  • Bear
  • Bent, bentshot[20] or bender[21][22]
  • Bone smuggler[23]
  • Brownie king or brown piper[24]
  • Bufter, bufty (mainly Scottish) or booty buffer[15]
  • Bugger (from Buggery)
  • Bum bandit[17] or bun bandit[21]
  • Bum boy or bum chum,[25] also bum robber[26]
  • Bum-driller[27]
  • Bumhole engineer[28]
  • Butt pirate,[29] butt rider, butt pilot, or butt rustler[29]
  • Cackpipe Cosmonaut (cackpipe being a euphemism for rectum)
  • Charlie (rhyming slang for Charlie Ronce which rhymes with ponce)[30]
  • Chi chi man (Jamaica and the Caribbean)[31][32]
  • Chutney ferret[33]
  • Cock gobbler
  • Cock jockey[34]
  • Cock knocker, cockknocker and cocknocker[34]
  • Cockpipe cosmonaut[35]
  • Crafty Butcher, "One who likes to take his meat round the back"[36][37]
  • Donut puncher (or Doughnut puncher)[10]
  • Faggot
  • Fairy (common and acceptable for part of the 20th century)[38]
  • Flit[39]
  • Fruit (also fruit loop, fruit packer, butt fruit)[40]
  • Fudge packer[21]
  • Harry hoofter, rhyming slang of poofter[41]
  • Gaysian, referring to a gay Asian[42]
  • Iron (hoof) or iron hoofter (rhyming slang for poof)[43]
  • Jobby jabber (mainly Scottish with jobby referring to excrement)[44]
  • Knob jockey[45]
  • Knight of the Pork Sword
  • Light in the loafers[46]
  • Light in the pants [46]
  • Limp wristed[47]
  • Marmite miner[48]
  • Mary[49]
  • Muscle Mary - gym junkie
  • Nancy or nancy boy,[50] girlyboy[51] or nellie[52]
  • Oklahomo[53]
  • Pansy[54]
  • Peter Puffer
  • Pillow biter[55] or mattress muncher,[48] referring to anal sex when one partner is face-down often into a pillow
  • Poof (variations include: poofter, pouf, poove, pooftah, pooff, puff) (U.K, Australia, New Zealand, California)[56]
  • Poo pusher[citation needed]
  • Queen, princess and variations[57]
  • Bean queen (also taco queen or Salsa queen), gay man attracted to Hispanic gay men[49][58]
  • Brownie queen, obsolete slang for gay man interested in anal sex (used by men who disliked anal sex)[59]
  • Chicken queen, older gay man interested in younger or younger appearing men[60]
  • Closet queen, gay man who has not publicly disclosed his orientation
  • CousCous queen, gay man attracted to Middle Eastern gay men
  • Curry queen, gay man attracted to Asian-Indian gay men[34]
  • Dinge queen, gay man attracted to black gay men (offensive use of "dinge" meaning black)[61]
  • Doily queen, gay man heavily into keeping the house perfect (i.e., every vase on a doily)
  • Drag queen, gay man into cross-dressing for performance[61]
  • Drama queen, gay man with an exaggeratedly dramatic or histrionic personality (has entered general usage for histrionic personalities of all sexualities and genders)
  • Grey queen, a gay person who works for the financial services industry (this term originates from the fact that in the 1950s, people who worked in this profession often wore grey flannel suits).[62]
  • Gym queen, gay man given to athletic development[63]
  • Pissy queen, gay man perceived as fussy[56]
  • Potato queen, gay Asian man attracted mainly to white non-Asian men[64]
  • Rice queen, gay man attracted mainly to Oriental-Asian men[65]
  • Scat queen, gay man into coprophilia[66]
  • Size queen, gay man attracted to men with large penises
  • Snow queen, gay man of colour attracted to white men
  • Raging Bandit
  • Randy Bumgardener
  • Raving Bandit
  • Rear Admiral
  • Rectal Pioneer
  • Ring raider[15]
  • Roarer
  • Rump Ranger
  • Sausage jockey (U.K)[67]
  • Shirt lifter[68]
  • Shit stabber[66]
  • Sod (from Sodomy)
  • Toby[14]
  • Trap is slang for young boys who look, act and/or dress almost, or completely like young girls.
  • Turd burglar[14]
  • Twink, a young or young-looking gay man, with little body hair and a slender build.[69]
  • Uphill gardener, referring to the logistics of anal intercourse[70]
  • Upstairs gardener, referring to the logistics of anal intercourse[70]
  • Woolly,[71] woofter and woolie woofter, a character from an Evening Standard cartoon and rhyming slang for poofter[72]

Both[edit]

  • Gay[73]
  • Ginger beer (rhyming slang for queer)[74]
  • LGBT[75]
  • LGBTQ The 'Q' from queer,[76] which can also refer to people unsure of or questioning their sexuality.
  • Kamp/Camp[34]
  • Molly and tommy: In 18th century England, the term molly was used for male homosexuals, implying effeminacy; Tommy, a slang term for a homosexual woman in use by 1781, may have been coined by analogy with molly[77]
  • Queer[78]
  • Tranny

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Green 2005, p. 82)
  2. ^ (Green 2005, p. 222)
  3. ^ (Dalzell 2008, p. 170)
  4. ^ (Green 2005, p. 146)
  5. ^ Krantz, Susan E. (1995). "Reconsidering the Etymology of Bulldike". American Speech 70 (2): 217–221. doi:10.2307/455819. JSTOR 455819. 
  6. ^ "Prisons and Prisoners". GLBTQ Encyclopedia. 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  7. ^ (Dynes et al. 1990, p. 335)
  8. ^ (Dalzell 2008, p. 287)
  9. ^ (Green 2005, p. 444)
  10. ^ a b (Green 2005, p. 440)
  11. ^ "lezzer / lesser / lesbo". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  12. ^ (Dalzell 2008, p. 679)
  13. ^ Norton, Rictor (14 April 2000, updated 30 March 2003. The reference is to A. G. Busbequius, Travels into Turkey, English translation (London, 1744). The original book, published much earlier, was invariably cited whenever lesbianism was mentioned, e.g., William Walsh's A Dialogue Concerning Women (London, 1691) and in Martin Schurig's Muliebria Historico-Medica (1729).). ""The Game of Flats, 1749," Homosexuality in Eighteenth Century England: A Sourcebook". Sterling Publishing, ISBN 0-304-36636-6. Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
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  15. ^ a b c (Green 2005, p. 161)
  16. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  17. ^ a b "Bum bandit". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  18. ^ (Green 2005, p. 49)
  19. ^ "Botty Boy". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  20. ^ "bent as a nine* pound/bob note". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  21. ^ a b c (Dalzell 2008)
  22. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  23. ^ (Green 2005, p. 154)
  24. ^ (Green 2005, p. 188)
  25. ^ (Green 2005, p. 206)
  26. ^ (Green 2005, p. 208)
  27. ^ "David Kato". The Economist. 15 Feb 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
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  29. ^ a b (Green 2005, p. 226)
  30. ^ "(a right) Charlie". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  31. ^ C Gutzmore, Casting the First Stone, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 2004 – Taylor & Francis, Volume 6, Number 1, April 2004 , pp. 118–134(17)
  32. ^ Allan, Keith; Kate Burridge (2006). Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-81960-1. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-521-81960-2. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  33. ^ "Chutney ferret". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  34. ^ a b c d Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  35. ^ (Green 2005, p. 232)
  36. ^ Emily Allen (2012-07-16). "Sales rep repeatedly accused of being gay because he didn't like football wins £44,000 payout for harassment". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  37. ^ "Crafty Butcher". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  38. ^ (Green 2005, p. 485)
  39. ^ (Green 2005, p. 522)
  40. ^ (Green 2005, p. 549)
  41. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  42. ^ "The Gaysian". 
  43. ^ "Iron (hoof)". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
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  45. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  46. ^ a b (Partridge, Dalzell & Victor 2006, p. 1208)
  47. ^ "Limp wristed". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  48. ^ a b Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  49. ^ a b Scott, Rebecca (1997). "A Brief Dictionary of Queer Slang and Culture". Rebecca Scott. Archived from the original on 2007-09-15. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  50. ^ "Nancy boy". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  51. ^ (Green 2005, p. 598)
  52. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  53. ^ Hirschhorn, Joel (July 19, 2005). "Oklahomo!: (Third Stage; 50 seats; $18 top)". Variety. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  54. ^ Kemp, A.C. (2002–2005). "Bad Baby Names". Slang City. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  55. ^ "Pillow biter". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  56. ^ a b Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  57. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  58. ^ "Dictionary of Sexual Terms". Sex-lexis.com. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  59. ^ "Interview". Gay Today. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  60. ^ "Crossing Signals". Time. September 8, 1975. Retrieved 16 July 2007. 
  61. ^ a b Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  62. ^ Rodgers, Bruce Gay Talk (The Queen’s Vernacular): A Dictionary of Gay Slang New York: 1972 Paragon Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons Page 99
  63. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  64. ^ "potato queen". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  65. ^ "rice queen". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  66. ^ a b Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  67. ^ "Sausage jockey". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  68. ^ "Shirt lifter". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  69. ^ "Twink definition". Online dictionary. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  70. ^ a b "uphill / upstairs gardener". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. [dead link]
  71. ^ Duckworth, Ted (1996–2007). "A Dictionary of Slang, Slanguistics". Peevish. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  72. ^ (Dalzell & Victor 2007) page 706.
  73. ^ Originally US slang for male homosexuality. Earliest unambiguous use of "gay" for "homosexual" dates to the 1940s, extension to female homosexuality to the 1960s (OED).
  74. ^ "Ginger beer". London Slang. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  75. ^ initialism coined within the "gay pride" movement in the 1990s.
  76. ^ "LGBTQ Pamphlet". Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center. Retrieved 14 Oct 2013. 
  77. ^ Andreadis, 10, 51.
  78. ^ (Green 2005, p. 301); originally US slang, recorded from 1914 (OED).