closet queen

[ kloz-it kween ]
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nounSlang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man who denies his sexual orientation to himself or keeps it hidden from others.

Origin of closet queen

First recorded in 1965–70; closet (in the sense “secret”) + queen (in the sense of “gay man”)

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British Dictionary definitions for closet queen

closet queen

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

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