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

  • adv. Variant of gaily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Cheerfully; in a gay manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With mirth and frolic; merrily; blithely; gleefully.
  • adv. Finely; splendidly; showily

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See gaily.

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

  • adv. in a joyous manner


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  • "I'll write, Eddie, oh, in a few days, and tell you all about my new home," she called gayly, as Frank, having disposed of her trunk in the back of the wagon, lifted her in.

    The Land of Promise

  • "Take your fence, my beauties," he called gayly to the dogs, as they came bounding across the turnpike.

    The Battle Ground

  • "Here you are," he called gayly, as Hannah opened the door.

    The Tangled Threads

  • "Be blithesome in your minds, maidens!" she called gayly over her shoulder.

    The Ward of King Canute; a romance of the Danish conquest

  • "I've come for you," he called gayly, and her face glorified with amazed joy.

    In Apple-Blossom Time A Fairy-Tale to Date

  • "Hi, boys, you're doing well!" he called gayly after them, when suddenly

    The Shagganappi

  • "Oh! Have a turf, Mr. Stoller?" he called gayly up to him.

    Complete March Family Trilogy

  • She was renewing all her whispered and out-spoken charges when Dickery showed himself at her side, put his hand under her elbow, and wheeled her about, and while she called gayly over her shoulder to the others, "Did you ever?" walked her definitively out of the house.

    A Pair of Patient Lovers

  • The old man took her on his knee and called her gayly his godmother.


  • As they did not start at once, he came off the stage and led the way, going on down the stairs, and calling gayly to the rest to follow.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 6, May, 1896


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