Incorrect term in many forms. Though the term "homophobia" truly means "afraid of everything that is the same," it has been adopted as "afraid of homosexuals." A big problem is when someone hates gays but isn't afraid of them, they'll be called "homophobic," which couldn't be because it isn't's hate. Hate would be called "anti-gay" or "anti-homosexual." The term also tends to be misused often when someone disapproves of a gay PERSON, but not gays in general, yet some dumbass will still accuse them of homophobia. Though hate and fear of gays does truly exist, this term is not always used correctly.
Person 1: "I don't like Rosie O'Donnell. She's always a bitch to different people and tries to look like a victim when they're frustrated with her."
Person 2: "You hate Rosie? You're such a homophobic!"
Person 1: "What are you talking about? I don't have homophobia...I just don't like Rosie. I don't mind gays, and definitely don't fear them."
Person 2: "You do too, you homophobe! You disapprove of Rosie! It's solid proof!"
by amethyst July 31, 2007
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The fear that gay men will treat you the way you treat women.
-"This random guy just came up to me and told me I was cute. WTF is up with that? I should have kicked his ass."
-"Sounds like you have a case of homophobia to me."
by Mattyb0i December 13, 2011
A severe condition, usually prominent in Republicans and most of American culture, leading one to:
- innacurately use bible quotings for the justification of killing homosexuals
- restrict the rights of millions
- hide in their rooms crying if they looked at the nude body of one of the same gender and did not vomit
- insessantly call things "Gay"
My mom won't let me go out for the big ethnicity-bashing because of my cerfew! That is so GAY!
by =^..^= February 20, 2005
An irrational fear of going home.
Homophob(ic) one who is reluctant for the evening to end and finally go home and face what is/not there.
Can describe one who is aware that 'home is not where the heart is, but where the tax bill is' and is reluctant to cross that threshold.
"Hey, where are we going now?"

"Whoa, it's 3pm, we've been going solid since yesterday lunch"

"Uhuh, so where are we going now?"

"I diagnose acute homophobia my friend"

"Look a taxi.."
by footfarmer October 01, 2005
SHOULD mean:

1. fear of things that are the same

if you look at the basic meanings of its Greek roots:

but in everyday usage means:

2. fear of homosexuals

Or, possibly:

3. condition where one person has the same fears as someone else
1. With his homophobia, he can't look at a bunch of paperclips or go to a prep school without freaking out.

2. My homophobia restricts me from watching most home improvement TV shows.

3. We're both claustrophobic, making us homophobic as well.
by WombatAscension June 13, 2004
Dislike, fear, hatred, and/or disapproval of gays and/or homosexuality, often (but not always) for religious reasons or because of insecurity about one's sexual orientation.
Many people who suffer from homophobia do not realize it and even deny it. Others will kill gays or accuse them of molesting children.
by Trinu October 31, 2006
A term created with intent to subtly pressure society into accepting homosexual behavior. Similar to young peers challenging one another's bravery or "manhood" in attempt to pressure each other to partake in daring activities.
1) "Hey, I understand if you don't want to fight him. If you're scared just say so. Everyone gets scared."

2) "Hey, I understand if you don't want to hang with gays. A lot of people still suffer from homophobia. We all have our fears"
by howtruthhurts July 22, 2009
Supposedly meaning 'fear of homosexuality,' homophobia's colloquial and rhetorical effect is often closer to that of 'disagreement with homosexuality.' According to its chief proponents, these two meanings are nearly synonymous, while those labeled as such claim that it is a misnomer intended to libel or slander those in disagreement with a particular lifestyle.
1. Homophobic person: If someone gay touches me, I'll kill them.

2. 'Homophobic' person: If someone gay talks to me, I'll discuss with them at length why I think their lifestyle is a moral/societal/civil mistake.
by Streen August 16, 2005

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