Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
  • n. Behavior based on such a feeling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fear, dislike, or hate of homosexuals.
  • n. A pathological fear of mankind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong dislike or fear of homosexuals, especially to an unreasonable degree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality

Etymologies

homo(sexual) + -phobia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
homo (from homosexual) +‎ -phobia, coined in 1971 by George Weinberg in Society and the Healthy Homosexual. (Wiktionary)
Latin homo ("man") + phobia ("fear") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Ha! Pro, that needs a NSFW label!

    May 27, 2009

  • The big fat gay collab!
    Don't miss the French version, perhaps even better.

    May 27, 2009

  • From Camille Paglia, "Crisis in The American Universities."

    Let me go on. I have a whole list here of reforms. I'm going to sound like Martin Luther! A couple of things. The abuse of language has got to stop. Throwing around words like racist and homophobic and so on. Now, homophobic has a specific psychological meaning. It means someone who's obsessed with homosexuality, so that you go out and maybe kill or maim someone who is homosexual because of your own inner fear that you may be having homosexual impulses. It's a true phobia. We cannot allow the word homophobic to be constantly used for anyone who says, "I don't like gay people" or "I think homosexuality is immoral, according to the Bible." We cannot be misusing this word.

    December 12, 2006