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gay radar, the ability to recognize that a person is gay
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n. Slang
The supposed ability to discern whether a person is gay or lesbian.

[Blend of gay and radar.]
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informal the supposed ability of a homosexual person to recognize whether another person is homosexual
[C20 from gay + (ra)dar]
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(ˈgeɪ dɑr)

Slang. the ability of a homosexual to recognize that another person is homosexual.
[1980–85;b. gay and radar]
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[ˈgeɪdɑːr] nsixième sens m (pour repérer les homosexuels)
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Realizing gaydar isn't foolproof, Jackie conducts such tests as shopping trips and bathing suit competitions, but these backfire as well.
With the advent of home improvement shows, straight chicks have become tomboys with tool belts and steel-toed boots, and the Paige Davises of the world are throwing out false positives on the ol' gaydar. (So does her boyfriend, the metrosexual man who gels his hair, pulls a pink sweater across his shoulders and sashays to his girlfriend's house where she's no doubt putting up drywall.)
And while the cute sonographer is using ultrasound, Sean's got his "gaydar" switched on and decides the chap in the white coat is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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Callum has warned Ben off Employing his Cockney gangster gaydar, Ben Mitchell has determined that Callum is secretly gay, and it seems he might be onto something.
Rev Philip Clements met his husband Florin Marin, 25, from Romania, on Gaydar when the reverend was captivated by a picture of the lad "in his birthday suit."
Ciaran Doherty met the child after the victim downloaded the Gaydar gay dating website app on his mother's phone.
In tonight's opening instalment, Gemma clashes with the agents, while Mike mugs off another celeb and Ollie's gaydar doesn't appear to be working.
When it comes to musical couples who love and work together, Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan are on our girl gaydar. The lesbian duo started the band WASI (We Are She Is) as a couple and use their voices and catchy pop hooks to help raise awareness for feminist and LGBTQ causes.
It came as a record of agreed facts in the case released by the court showed that Dewani, who told the court he was bisexual in a defence statement, was browsing the samesex dating website Gaydar as well as Recon - described as "the world's largest hook-up for gay men into fetish sex, leather and gear" - during his honeymoon and within days of his wife's death.
records show he was also signed into dating website Gaydar twice on November 2010, as he and his new bride waited for an internal flight on their honeymoon.