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gay - Dictionary definition and meaning for word gay

(noun) someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
Synonyms : homo , homophile , homosexual

(adj) bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
Synonyms : cheery , sunny
Example Sentence
  • a cheery hello
  • a gay sunny room
  • a sunny smile

(adj) full of or showing high-spirited merriment
Synonyms : jocund , jolly , jovial , merry , mirthful
Example Sentence
  • when hearts were young and gay
  • a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company
  • 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

(adj) given to social pleasures often including dissipation
Example Sentence
  • led a gay Bohemian life
  • a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies

(adj) brightly colored and showy
Synonyms : brave , braw
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) offering fun and gaiety
Synonyms : festal , festive , merry
Example Sentence
  • a festive (or festal) occasion
  • gay and exciting night life
  • a merry evening

(adj) homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
Synonyms : homophile , queer

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gay

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