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gay

 (gā)
adj. gay·er, gay·est
1. Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
2. Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry.
3. Bright or lively, especially in color: a gay, sunny room.
4. Offensive Slang Socially inappropriate or foolish.
5. Given to social pleasures, especially at the expense of serious pursuits: "You know she is gay, and wild, loves company and mirth, and that it was her impatience of restraint in these things, that made the breach between her and her father" (Daniel Defoe).
6. Dissolute or licentious: "He and his wife led a gay life. He made money fast, and she spent it faster. Eventually, both were broken physically" (Robert Coleman).
n.
1. A person whose sexual orientation is to persons of the same sex.
2. A man whose sexual orientation is to men: an alliance of gays and lesbians.

[Middle English gai, lighthearted, brightly colored, from Old French, possibly of Germanic origin.]

gay′ness n.
Usage Note: The word gay is now standard in its use to refer to people whose sexual orientation is to the same sex, in large part because it is the term that most gay people prefer in referring to themselves. Although gay can refer to both sexes, often it is used to refer solely to males. When the intended meaning is not contextually evident, the phrases gay and lesbian or lesbian and gay are commonly used. Gay is generally considered objectionable when used as a noun to refer to particular individuals, as in There were two gays on the panel; here phrasing such as Two members of the panel were gay is preferable. But there is no objection to the use of the noun in the plural to refer collectively either to gay men or to gay men and lesbians, so long as it is clear whether men alone or both men and women are being discussed.

gay

(ɡeɪ)
adj
1.
a. homosexual
b. of or for homosexuals: a gay club.
2.
a. carefree and merry: a gay temperament.
b. brightly coloured; brilliant: a gay hat.
c. given to pleasure, esp in social entertainment: a gay life.
n
a homosexual
[C13: from Old French gai, from Old Provençal, of Germanic origin]
ˈgayness n
Usage: Gayness is the word used to refer to homosexuality. The noun which refers to being carefree and merry is gaiety

Gay

(ɡeɪ)
n
(Biography) John. 1685–1732, English poet and dramatist; author of The Beggar's Opera (1728)

gay

(geɪ)

adj. , -er, -est,
n., adv. adj.
1. homosexual.
2. indicating or pertaining to homosexual interests or issues: gay rights; a gay organization.
3. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits.
4. bright or showy: gay colors.
5. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season.
6. licentious; dissipated; wanton: a wild, gay life.
n.
7. a homosexual person, esp. a male.
adv.
8. in a gay manner.
[1275–1325; < Old French < Germanic; compare Old High German gāhi fast, sudden]
gay′ness, n.
usage: gay has had senses dealing with sexual conduct since the 17th century. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a womanizer, a gay house a brothel. gay as an adjective meaning “homosexual” goes back at least to the 1930s. gay was applied openly by homosexuals to themselves, first as adjective and later as noun. Today, the noun often designates only a male: gays and lesbians. The word has ceased to be slang and is not used disparagingly. homosexual as a noun is sometimes used only in reference to a male.

Gay

(geɪ)

n.
John, 1685–1732, English poet and playwright.

gay

In modern English, if you say that a person is gay, you mean that they are homosexual.

I told them I was gay.

A homosexual man can be referred to as a gay.

Many gays were worried about the new system.

Gay is sometimes used to describe colours, places, or pieces of music which make people feel cheerful because they are bright or lively. This is a rather old-fashioned use.

Pauline wore a gay yellow scarf.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gay - someone who practices homosexualitygay - someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man
gay woman, lesbian, tribade - a female homosexual
Adj.1.gay - bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile"
cheerful - being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; "her cheerful nature"; "a cheerful greeting"; "a cheerful room"; "as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"
2.gay - full of or showing high-spirited merrimentgay - 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"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"
3.gay - given to social pleasures often including dissipation; "led a gay Bohemian life"; "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"
4.gay - 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"
colourful, colorful - striking in variety and interest; "a colorful period of history"; "a colorful character"; "colorful language"
5.gay - offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"
6.gay - homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
homosexual - sexually attracted to members of your own sex

gay

adjective
1. homosexual, camp (informal), lesbian, pink (informal), bent (offensive slang), queer (informal, derogatory), same-sex, sapphic, dykey (slang), poofy (offensive slang), moffie (S. African slang) The quality of life for gay men has improved over the last decade.
3. colourful, rich, bright, brilliant, vivid, flamboyant, flashy, gaudy, garish, showy I like gay, vibrant posters.
colourful conservative, dull, sombre, drab, colourless
noun
1. homosexual, lesbian, fairy (slang), queer (informal, derogatory), faggot (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), poof (Brit. & Austral. derogatory slang), batty boy (slang), bull dyke (slang), shirt-lifter (derogatory slang), dyke or dike (slang) Gays have proved themselves to be style leaders.
homosexual straight, heterosexual
Usage: By far the most common and up-to-date use of the word gay is in reference to being homosexual. Other senses of the word have become uncommon and dated.

gay

adjective
1. Characterized by joyful exuberance:
2. Full of color:
3. Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to members of one's own sex:
Translations
زاهٍلواطيلواطي، أحادي الجنسمَرِح، جَذِل
безгриженвеселхомосексуаленшарен
homosexuálhomosexuálníjásavýpestrýveselý
bøssefarvestrålendegladhomoseksuellesbisk kvinde
gajasamseksema
eläväinenhilpeähomohomoseksuaalineniloinen
boldogmeleg
kátur, glaîværlitskrúîugursamkynhneigîur
gėjushomoseksualistashomoseksualistųhomoseksualus
jautrskošspriecīgsspilgts
homoseksualenvesel
gaygladhomohomosexuelllustig

gay

[geɪ]
A. ADJ
1. (= homosexual) [man, community, movement] → gay adj inv, homosexual; [woman] → homosexual, lesbiano; [bar] → gay adj inv, de gays
a centre for lesbians and gay menun centro para lesbianas y gays
gay men and womenhombres y mujeres homosexuales, gays y lesbianas
gay sexrelaciones fpl homosexuales
the gay sceneel ambiente gay or homosexual
2. (gayer (compar) (gayest (superl))) (o.f.) (= cheerful) [person, colour, costume] → alegre; [atmosphere, music, laughter] → alegre, festivo
3. (= carefree) with gay abandondespreocupadamente, alegremente
she's living the gay life in Parisse da la gran vida en París, se pega la vida padre en París
B. N (= man) → gay m, homosexual m; (= woman) → lesbiana f, homosexual f
C. CPD the gay liberation movement, gay lib Nel movimiento de liberación homosexual
gay rights NPLderechos mpl de los homosexuales

gay

[ˈgeɪ]
adj
(= homosexual) → homosexuel(le)
gay sex → des rapports mpl homosexuels
a gay man → un homosexuel
lesbians and gay men → les lesbiennes et les homosexuels
(old-fashioned) (= cheerful) → gai(e)
[colour] → gai(e)
nhomosexuel m
gays and lesbians → les homosexuels et les lesbiennes
modif [rights] → des homosexuels; [club] → gay inv; [activist] → homosexuel(le); [community] → homosexuel(le), gay inv

gay

adj (+er)
(= homosexual) personschwul (inf); (= for homosexuals) rightsfür Schwule; sexunter Schwulen; gay men and womenSchwule und Lesben pl (inf); gay movementSchwulenbewegung f; gay barSchwulenkneipe f; gay marriagegleichgeschlechtliche Ehe, Homoehe f (inf); gay groupSchwulengruppe f; the gay communitydie Schwulen pl
(dated, = happy) → fröhlich; (= carefree)sorglos, unbekümmert; (= merry) party, time, atmospherelustig; musiclebhaft; (= colourful) paint, costumesbunt; with gay abandonvöllig unbekümmert, ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste (hum)
nSchwule(r) mf; gay libdie Schwulenbewegung

gay

[geɪ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (homosexual) → omosessuale, gay inv
b. (liter) (person) → allegro/a, gaio/a; (colour) → vivace, vivo/a
2. n (homosexual) → gay m

gay

(gei) adjective
1. happy or making people happy. The children were gay and cheerful; gay music.
2. bright. gay colours.
3. homosexual. gay liberation; gay rights.
noun
homosexual.
ˈgaily adverb
gaiety (ˈgeiəti) noun
1. (an occasion of) fun or happiness. They joined in the gaiety.
2. the state of being gay. the gaiety of the music.

gay

n. homosexual;
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gay

adj & n gay mf, homosexual mf, (female) lesbiana
References in classic literature ?
She was so gay and responsive that one did not mind her heavy, running step, or her clattery way with pans.
And he related the story of Alcee Arobin and the consul's wife; and another about the tenor of the French Opera, who received letters which should never have been written; and still other stories, grave and gay, till Mrs.
His moccasins were ornamented after the gay fashion of the natives, while the only part of his under dress which appeared below the hunging frock was a pair of buckskin leggings, that laced at the sides, and which were gartered above the knees, with the sinews of a deer.
We had passed through a great forest on which stood myriads of trees, some gay with blossoms, others rich with fruits.
She was not so constantly gay, but had her moods of thought, which Clifford, on the whole, liked better than her former phase of unmingled cheerfulness; because now she understood him better and more delicately, and sometimes even interpreted him to himself.
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
He was handsome and bold and pleasant, offhand and gay and kind.
And it was so light too; the sun shining in at the window, and a great rattling of coaches in the streets, and the sound of gay voices all over the house.
For next day after encountering the gay Bachelor, whales were seen and four were slain; and one of them by Ahab.
and it had seen the time when these broken arches and crumbling battlements were a trim and strong and stately fortress, fluttering its gay banners in the sun, and peopled with vigorous humanity--how impossibly long ago that seems
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful Dawn; A dancing Shape, an Image gay, To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.
To amuse her, and be agreeable in her eyes, seemed all that he cared forand Emma, glad to be enlivened, not sorry to be flattered, was gay and easy too, and gave him all the friendly encouragement, the admission to be gallant, which she had ever given in the first and most animating period of their acquaintance; but which now, in her own estimation, meant nothing, though in the judgment of most people looking on it must have had such an appearance as no English word but flirtation could very well describe.