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gay

play
adjective \ˈgā\

Definition of gay

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

  2. 2a :  bright, lively gay sunny meadowsb :  brilliant in color

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

  4. 4a :  homosexual gay menb :  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: 13th 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

Definition of gay

  1. :  homosexual; especially :  a homosexual male

Examples of gay in a Sentence

  1. a bar that is frequented by gays

Origin and Etymology of gay

derivative of 1gay


First Known Use: 1953


Gay

play
biographical name \ˈgā\

Definition of Gay

  1. John 1685–1732 English poet and dramatist


GAY Defined for English Language Learners

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gay

play
adjective \ˈgā\

Definition of gay for English Language Learners

  • : sexually attracted to someone who is the same sex

  • : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals

  • : happy and excited : cheerful and lively

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gay

noun

Definition of gay for English Language Learners

  • : a person and especially a man who is homosexual


GAY Defined for Kids

gay

play
adjective \ˈgā\

Definition of gay for Students

gayer

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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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