gay blade

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gay blade (plural gay blades)

  1. (obsolete) A dashing swordsman.
  2. (dated) A dashing youth.
    • 1973, Richard Nixon, “WHT 035-067”, in Nixon White House tapes[1]:
      He's feeling very low now because he was sixty years old the other day. And you know- you know how Bebe [is]- I said Bebe, you can't talk about being a young gay blade anymore.
  3. (colloquial, dated) A gay person, or person displaying homosexual qualities.
    • 1972, Lou Reed (lyrics and music), “Vicious”, in Transformer:
      Hey, why don't you swallow razor blades? / You must think that I'm some kind of gay blade / But baby, you're so vicious


  • 1941 Jonathan Daniels - Tar Heels: A Portrait of North Carolina
    At college he was a gay blade who played the guitar or one of the instruments for the accompaniment of song.