from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a joyful, cheerful, or happy manner; merrily.
  • adv. With bright colors or trimmings; showily: gaily dressed in ribbons and flounces.

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  • adv. merrily
  • adv. showily

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Merrily; showily. See gaily.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a gay manner


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  • 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.

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  • "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.

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  • "May you one day catch a Panon-worth," she called gaily, and took the hand of Oroles.

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  • 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.

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  • Turning to Holger, he called gaily, 'That wasn't too bad, though, was it?'

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  • "Hop up, girls," she called gaily to Betty and Madeline.

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  • "Dinner is ready!" she called gaily as she ran; and the sound of her voice made Rebecca sit up quickly, and exclaim:

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  • "Aloho-ate, lazy one!" she called gaily from below.

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  • "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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