- noun the complex system of language and signals used by gays in order to secretly communicate with one another, particularly about their sexual proclivities or preferences. This includes the wearing of key rings, chains and specific colours of handkerchiefs in specific pockets, etc. The language is literally code in that it takes terms from standard English such as straight, clone, boystown, etc. and uses them ironically. The alternative spelling of code is an example of the use of K to render English words more Germanic or Slavonic and thus lend them totalitarian overtones, as in ‘Amerika’ or ‘klan’.