Word of the Gay

*Straight talk on Gay language, one word at-a-time.

#2 “twink”

Pretty, young fit gay men with blond hair seem to have it all, don’t they? An active sex life, the attention of many other gay men, and a busy social life. In gay society, men who look like this are called “twinks.” Commonly, the term is used to describe someone who is either in their late teens or early twenties, or at least appears to be.

The term was initially used to describe attractive, young, gay Caucasian men who have very little or no body hair and a lean build. Initially, the term also only referred to blonds, but has grown to be inclusive of other young men whose physical features closely match those described above, but are not blond or even Caucasian.

“Twink” can be used in a insulting manner and is commonly modified to be more descriptive, such as: femme twink, butch twink, jock twink, etc. As such, the term has become widely popular in the gay porn industry and is used when defining genres of film.

[Origin: Most likely makes reference to the Hostess Twinkie; the yellow, cream-filled, cylindrical snack cake.]

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4 Comments»

  H. Alan Scott wrote @

I once thought I could be a twink until I realized that it didn’t entail snacking on Twinkies at the gay bar. Imagine my embarrassment!

  Maxine wrote @

Your etymology is right on, Mary!

  thismomentnow wrote @

mmm, creme-filled goodness

  joshiku wrote @

i like my creme-filled… bad


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