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gay

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adjective \ˈgā\

Simple Definition of gay

  • : sexually attracted to someone who is the same sex

  • : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals

  • : happy and excited : cheerful and lively

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gay

  1. 1 a :  happily excited :  merry <in a gay mood> b :  keenly alive and exuberant :  having or inducing high spirits <a bird's gay spring song>

  2. 2 a :  bright, lively <gay sunny meadows> b :  brilliant in color

  3. 3 :  given to social pleasures; also :  licentious

  4. 4 a :  homosexual <gay men> b :  of, relating to, or used by homosexuals <the gay rights movement> <a gay bar>

gay

adverb

gayness

noun

Examples of gay in a sentence

  1. The band was playing a gay tune.

  2. the gayest of the spring flowers



Origin and Etymology of gay

Middle English, from Anglo-French gai, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German gāhi quick, sudden


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of gay

lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly, gay mean keenly alive and spirited. lively suggests briskness, alertness, or energy <a lively debate on the issues>. animated applies to what is spirited and active <an animated discussion of current events>. vivacious suggests an activeness of gesture and wit, often playful or alluring <a vivacious party host>. sprightly suggests lightness and spirited vigor of manner or wit <a tuneful, sprightly musical>. gay stresses complete freedom from care and overflowing spirits <the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s>.

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gay

noun

Simple Definition of gay

  • : a person and especially a man who is homosexual

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gay

  1. :  homosexual; especially :  a homosexual male

Examples of gay in a sentence

  1. a bar that is frequented by gays



1953

First Known Use of gay

1953


Gay

play
biographical name \ˈgā\

Definition of Gay

  1. John 1685–1732 Eng. poet & dram.




GAY Defined for Kids

gay

play
adjective \ˈgā\

Definition of gay for Students

gayer

gayest

  1. 1 :  merry 1, happy <Setsu grew … into a gay, willful, pretty girl. — Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave>

  2. 2 :  cheerful and lively <They played a gay tune.>

  3. 3 :  brightly colored <a gay dress>





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