American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a joyful, cheerful, or happy manner; merrily.
- adv. With bright colors or trimmings; showily: gaily dressed in ribbons and flounces.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a gay manner; with mirth and frolic; joyfully; merrily.
- Splendidly; with finery or showiness; brightly; gaudily.
- Tolerably; pretty. Also gailie, gaylie.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Merrily; showily. See gaily.
- adv. in a gay manner
“And he does this all while staggering about the stage tripping over things in gaily-stockinged feet (yes, I have a soft spot for gawky boys in colorful socks), fussing with the mix, swapping instruments on the fly, and -- in the grand tradition of Bowie and Byrne -- dancing like an utter spaz.”
“It's not our fight, sweetheart," she called gaily over her shoulder, taking a whisky tumbler from a cupboard and unscrewing the bottle to top up her own and pour him a generous slug.”
“May you one day catch a Panon-worth," she called gaily, and took the hand of Oroles.”
“She called gaily to all the women, including Gertie, then left the carriage on the walk, and from her coalhouse dragged out a large trough-like box.”
“Turning to Holger, he called gaily, 'That wasn't too bad, though, was it?”
“Hop up, girls," she called gaily to Betty and Madeline.”
“Dinner is ready!" she called gaily as she ran; and the sound of her voice made Rebecca sit up quickly, and exclaim:”
“Aloho-ate, lazy one!" she called gaily from below.”
“Her washwoman's family consisted of four children, and a husband who blew in gaily once in a while when in need of funds, or when recovering from a protracted spree, which made a few days 'nursing very welcome.”
“Then good night, lovely Blossom," he called gaily while he turned back into the bridle path which led like a frayed white seam over the pasture.”
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