gaily

adverb

gai·​ly ˈgā-lē How to pronounce gaily (audio)
variants or less commonly gayly
: in a gay manner : marked by gaiety

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Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaily was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gaily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaily. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

gaily

adverb

gai·​ly
ˈgā-lē
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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