gai·​ly | \ˈgā-lē \
variants: or less commonly gayly

Definition of gaily 

: in a gay manner : marked by gaiety

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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

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Hot pink is the color of tropical Key West, from the garish bougainvillea spilling over every fence and wall to the petunias and hibiscus in its lush gardens to the houses and buildings themselves, gaily painted in every shade of pink. Lee Smith, Southern Living, "WATCH: Memories of My Summer of 1958 in Paradise," 19 June 2018 Bob Cummings plays the psychiatrist who listens to this gaily macabre tale. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'What a Way to Go!': THR's 1964 Review," 13 May 2018 These incentives have spawned a meandering armada of live-aboard cabin cruisers, barges, narrowboats, and other gaily painted scows now afloat on Britain’s inland waterways, some just barely. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018 For good measure, spotlighted and spinning mirror-balls send dots of light gaily skittering around the room. Christopher Knight,, "Charlemagne Palestine: Teddy bears to the rescue," 24 Feb. 2018 Here the Carnival maskers don gaily colored costumes and mount horses to ride through the countryside gathering 'donations' of chickens and other ingredients for the gigantic community gumbo-cooking which occurs that night., "Cajun Mardi Gras: Vintage photos from The Times-Picayune," 19 Jan. 2018 The interior of jet was gaily bedecked with Christmas decorations, and flight attendants were adorned with reindeer antlers and twinkling lights. Brian Albrecht,, "United Airlines Fantasy Flight takes kids and families to Santa's home (photos, video)," 24 Dec. 2017 The six girls were all wearing summer dresses, gaily colored. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Paratroops with bayonets escort Little Rock 9," 24 Sep. 2017 The rainbow of colors in the carpet tiles from Flor form a gaily irregular pattern. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, "The Open-Floor-Plan Backlash: How Family Members Are Escaping Each Other," 17 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gaily

: in a happy and lively way

: in a bright and colorful way


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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