Origin of gunselorigin, originally , boy (with implication of perversion), probably from Yiddish gendzl, gosling from Middle High German gensel, diminutive of gans, goose a catamite
Origin of gunselinfl. by gun gunman (sense )
Origin of gunselAlteration (influenced by gun ) of earlier gonsil, guntzel naïve youth, hobo's younger male lover, punk from Yiddish gendzl gosling diminutive of gandz goose from Middle High German gans from Old High German; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.
- A young man kept for homosexual purposes; a catamite.
- (street and prison slang) A passive partner in anal intercourse.
From Yiddish גענדזל (gendzl, “gosling”).
By misunderstanding of the 1929 Maltese Falcon quotation above (which survived in a popular 1941 film adaptation). The novel was originally serialized in a magazine, Black Mask, whose editor refused to allow vulgarities. Hammett used the word gunsel knowing that the editor would likely misunderstand it as relating to gun, and therefore allow it.