n. referred to by George Orwell
in his Book "Down and Out
in Paris and London.
Early 20th century men, usually androgynous
and well dressed that frequent trampish parts of London with a suggested tendency to homosexuality, though not explicitly pronounced.
"The charge was elevenpence, but it was a dark, evil-smelling place, and a notorious haunt of the 'nancy-boys.' Downstairs, in the murky
kitchen, three ambiguous-looking youths in smartish
blue suits were sitting on a bench apart, ignored by the other lodgers. I suppose they were 'nancy-boys.' -Chapter XXIX, Down and Out