Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Offensive words for homosexual people

nancy

noun

an offensive word for a gay man who the speaker thinks behaves like a woman

fruit

noun

an offensive word for a man who is gay

poof

noun

an offensive word for a gay man

fairy

noun

an offensive word for a gay man

pansy

noun

an offensive word for a gay man

queen

noun

an offensive word for a gay man who the speaker thinks is like a woman in the way that he looks, talks, or behaves

dyke

noun

an offensive word for a lesbian (=woman who is gay)

queer

noun

an offensive word for someone who is gay, bisexual, or transgender

fag

noun

an offensive word for a gay man

bull dyke

noun

an offensive word for a gay woman whose appearance or behavior is considered to be very male

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog