Gay Dictionary: Spanish

How to say gay in Spanish

Spanish is an Indo-European language spoken in 31 countries, with a total of 528 million speakers, mainly in Spain and Latin America, it is the second language in the world after Chinese.

In our Spanish Gay Dictionary you will find terms and expressions of all categories (see Gay Dictionary), as well as those created by the LGBT community itself. This variety is due to the large number of Spanish speakers, the vast geographical scope and the time interval, as there are actual words and others that date back to the 13th century.

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Unlike other large dictionaries such as English, Spanish Gay Dictionary, does not focus on the top / bottom role in sex, and blowjobs. Nor as the Italian, obsessed with passive (bottom) homosexuals.

In addition to the search and investigation, we highlight the following sources:

  • DRAE. Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española.
  • Diccionario Sucinto para el lector no entendido. Alberto Cardín.
  • Diccionario de expresiones malsonantes del español. Jaime Martín.
  • Diccionario de argot español. Víctor León.

Oh, and remember that you can send us words you know by the contact form :) Thank you.



Term Definition

augmentative for Mariposa (Butterfly) used euphemistically to refer to homosexual or effeminate man. This term highlights stereotypical characteristics of gay men, such as exhibitionism, mannered, the color of clothing, as well as promiscuity or little constancy in love because they flit from flower to flower.

Curiously, the first written reference of butterfly related to male homosexuality is the 16th century, done by Pedro de León, Jesuit confessor to the prison of Seville, in the book “El apéndice de los ajusticiados” (Appendix of executed). Pedro de León compared the men who practiced sodomy with the “mariposillas" (little butterflys), that tempted by the light of the flame get too close and ended up burning, as well it happens to the sodomites, who just burned at the stake.

Variations Mariposa, mariposilla.

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