Definitions for: Gay


[n] someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
[adj] bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile"
[adj] brightly colored and showy; "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage"
[adj] homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
[adj] given to social pleasures often including dissipation; "led a gay Bohemian life"; "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
[adj] offering fun and gaiety; "a gala ball after the inauguration"; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
[adj] full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gay, a. [Compar. Gayer; superl. Gayest.] [F. gai,
perhaps fr. OHG. g?hi swift, rapid, G. g["a]h, j["a]h, steep,
hasty; or cf. OHG. w?hi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay.]
1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or
delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.

Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope.

Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray.

2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed.

Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer.

A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton
dress! --Milton.

3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.]

Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly,
sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial;
joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious.


Gay, n.
An ornament [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

Synonyms: brave, braw, cheerful, cheery, colorful, festal, festive, gala(a), homo, homophile(a), homosexual, homosexual, indulgent, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyous, merry, mirthful, queer, sunny

See Also: gay man, gay woman, human, individual, lesbian, mortal, person, shirtlifter, somebody, someone, soul

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