This page is about the slang term fruit

American English offensive!


an offensive, derogatory word for a gay man, or a male homosexual

For example

  • Oscar was on the subway when some teenage boys sat near him, and one of them said, "Why you lookin' at us? You some sort of fruit, are ya?"

  • When I was in the U.S., I saw a sticker on the back of a car that said, "Jesus hates fruits. Kill a queer for Christ." How crazy is that?

This word is offensive to most gay men, so you're advised not to use it. If you want to use an informal word to refer to a male homosexual, use the word "gay","gay man" or "gay guy" instead.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If someone calls a guy a "fruit", they're using an offensive word for

a. a vegetarian man

b. a sexy man

c. a gay man
a) a vegetarian man b) a sexy man c) a gay man

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Contributor: Matt Errey