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queer Offensive

Meaning: homosexual, gay

For example:

  • I had an uncle who was queer, though he only came out and told us he was gay when he was in his sixties.

  • Did you know there are queer sheep? They are male sheep who only have sex with other male sheep, and they show no interest at all in female sheep.

Note: While often used as an offensive insult, this term is also used in non-offensive contexts such as academia. There is an entire field of study and research into gay issues that is often called "queer studies", and other disciplines also use the term, as in "queer cinema" and "queer history".

Quick Quiz:

If someone is queer, their partner will probably be
  1. of the same gender
  2. a very strange person
  3. a hairdresser

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