gaily

adverb
gai·​ly | \ ˈgā-lē How to pronounce gaily (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gayly

Definition of gaily

: in a gay manner : marked by gaiety

Examples of gaily in a Sentence

we sat around the table, gaily teasing each other and laughing about the good old days children gaily running to the buses on the last day of school
Recent Examples on the Web Peer into their forbidding black hoods and gaily stitched pieces of hot-pink woolen felt inside invite unexpected visual caresses. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 The east side of the field had been set apart for those in carriages, and soon from one end to the other, it was filled with vehicles of all descriptions gaily decorated in blue and gold and in white and red. al, 22 Nov. 2021 The walls were gaily papered with Sunday supplements of the Mobile Register. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The walls were gaily papered with Sunday supplements of the Mobile Register. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The walls were gaily papered with Sunday supplements of the Mobile Register. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The walls were gaily papered with Sunday supplements of the Mobile Register. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The walls were gaily papered with Sunday supplements of the Mobile Register. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The left’s decision to withdraw from conversations about genetics and social outcomes leaves a vacuum that the right has gaily filled. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gaily

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaily

Middle English gayly, from gay gay entry 1 + -ly -ly entry 2

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3 Apr 2022

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“Gaily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaily. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for gaily

gaily

adverb
gai·​ly | \ ˈgā-lē \

Kids Definition of gaily

1 : in a merry or lively way Children were playing gaily.
2 : in a bright or showy way The performers were gaily dressed.

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