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gay-cat

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gay-cat

noun

  1. A hobo, esp a novice: Were not these other tramps mere dubs and ''gay-cats''? (1893+ Hoboes)
  2. (also gey-cat) A homosexual boy; catamite (1902+)
  3. A novice criminal who acts as lookout, decoy, etc (1916+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Because I started in young, I practically skipped my gay-cat apprenticeship.

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  • I jerked the opposite door open, and the gay-cat and I went out.

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  • A gay-cat is a newcomer on The Road who is man-grown, or, at least, youth-grown.

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  • A gay-cat, who is an ignorant new-comer on the “Road,” might sit with such as he, but only long enough to learn better.

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  • The gay-cat awoke, I made believe to awake; and we sat up and stared at the shack and his lantern.

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  • He may be the intermittent criminal, the gay-cat or the travelling religious crank, or the futile tract-distributer.

  • This gay-cat was well along in years—somewhere around forty-five, I should judge.

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  • In the car I found a "gay-cat," who displayed unusual trepidation at my entrance.

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  • A little later that night the gay-cat and I found ourselves at the well of a farmhouse.

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