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closet queen

[ kloz-it kween ]
/ ˈklɒz ɪt ˌkwin /
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noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man who denies his sexual orientation to himself or keeps it hidden from others.

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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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closet queen

noun

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