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bull dyke American and Australian English Offensive

Meaning: a lesbian (see note below) who is very manly in appearance and behaviour

For example:

  • My sister is a bull dyke and she's in a gang of women who ride big motorbikes and wear leather jackets.

  • We saw all sorts of interesting people in the Gay Mardi Gras parade, including drag queens, leather guys and bull dykes.

Note: "Dyke" is a slang word that means lesbian, or a woman who is sexually attracted to other women. Some lesbians regard "dyke" and "bull dyke" as offensive terms, while others use them proudly to describe themselves or their friends.

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Most women who are called bull dykes would prefer to wear
  1. jeans and leather jackets
  2. mini-skirts and strapless tops
  3. evening gowns and lots of jewellery

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