closet queen

noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a homosexual male who denies his homosexuality to himself or keeps it hidden from others.

Origin of closet queen

1965–70; closet (in the sense of ‘secret’) + queen (in the sense of ‘male homosexual’) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for closet queen

closet queen


informal a man who is homosexual but does not admit the fact
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