American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
- adj. Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry.
- adj. Bright or lively, especially in color: a gay, sunny room.
- adj. Given to social pleasures.
- adj. Dissolute; licentious.
- n. A person whose sexual orientation is to persons of the same sex.
- n. A man whose sexual orientation is to men: an alliance of gays and lesbians.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed to or excited with merriment or delight; demonstratively cheerful; merry; jovial; sportive; frolicsome.
- Such as to excite or indicate mirth or pleasure; hence, cheering; enlivening.
- Bright or lively, especially in color; gaudy; showy: as, a gay dress; a gay flower.
- Richly or showily dressed; adorned with fine clothing; highly ornamented.
- Given to pleasure; lively; in a bad sense, given to vicious pleasure; loose; dissipated.
- Quick; fast. [Prov. Eng.]
- Pretty long; considerable: as, a gay while. Compare gay, adv. [Prov. Eng. and Scotch.]
- Bright, brilliant, dashing.
- n. Anything showily fine or ornamental; a gaud.
- n. A gay lady; a beautiful lady.
- n. A print or picture.
- n. The noon or morning, as the brighter part of the day.
- Pretty; moderately: as, gay gude.
- n. A small rut in a path. [Prov. Eng.]
- n. The name of the letter ⟨—⟩, which stands for the sound IPA: /ɡ/, in Pitman shorthand.
- adj. obsolete Sexually promiscuous (of either gender).
- adj. Homosexual:
- adj. A pejorative:
- adj. of a dog's tail Upright or curved over the back.
- n. a homosexual, especially a male homosexual; see also lesbian.
- n. obsolete An ornament.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.
- adj. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed.
- adj. colloq. Loose; dissipated; lewd.
- n. obsolete An ornament.
- adj. brightly colored and showy
- adj. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
- adj. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
- adj. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
- n. someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
- adj. given to social pleasures often including dissipation
- adj. offering fun and gaiety
- From Middle English gay, from Old French gai ("joyful, laughing, merry"), probably a borrowing of Old Provençal gai ("impetuous, lively"), from Gothic *𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌴𐌹𐍃 (gaheis, “impetuous”), merging with earlier Old French jai ("merry"; see jay), from Old Frankish *gāhi; both from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwaz (“sudden”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (“to stride, step”), from *ǵʰēy- (“to go”). Cognate with Dutch gauw ("fast, quickly"), Westphalian Low German gau, gai ("fast, quick"), German jäh ("abrupt, sudden"). For more information, see the entries gang and go. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gai, lighthearted, brightly colored, from Old French, possibly of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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