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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 - a homosexual man
gay woman, 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

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
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1728: John Gay's The Beggar's Opera was first performed, with a score derived from popular ballads of the time.
The current world record for most lights on a residential property is held by Tim, Grace, Emily, Daniel and John Gay from the United States.
Schechter's starting point is the two eighteenth-century works that Brecht and his collaborators adapted: John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), which became The Threepenny Opera (1928), and George Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer (1706), "reutilised" in 1955 as Trumpets and Drums.
This is the collective and hard-working fusion of talents which distilled the complexities of John Gay's Beggar's Opera into a completely approachable and inventive riotous new assembly three years ago.
The contrarily named John Sober inherited the distillery and Sir John Gay helped him to develop it into a successful business.
It's a rousing re-interpretation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera by Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh and to a first-night audience it seemed an apt adaptation for our times.
"Let's Be Gay." Text by John Gay. Chorus and two pianos.
Brecht's biting, bracing book, based on John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera,'' tells the scabrous tale of lowlifes in Victorian England as it rails against the capitalist system and the oppression of the common man.
John Gay's nautical ballad 'Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Ey'd Susan', published in 1719, was soon set to music by composers including Richard Leveridge, whose setting became the established version.
John Gay argues that the deal worked out with the Iranian diplomats "isn't so bad," at least based on the details "released by the White House." It calls for Iran to stop enriching uranium to 20% and either "dilute or convert its entire stockpile," which means Iran would require more time to build a nuclear weapon.
Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has announced the appointment of John Gay as its new regional director for the Middle East region.