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Meaning & Definition of Gay in English

English

Gay

/ge/

noun

1. Someone who practices homosexuality

  • Having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
    synonym:
  • homosexual
  • ,
  • homophile
  • ,
  • homo
  • ,
  • gay

adjective

1. Bright and pleasant

  • Promoting a feeling of cheer
  • "A cheery hello"
  • "A gay sunny room"
  • "A sunny smile"
    synonym:
  • cheery
  • ,
  • gay
  • ,
  • sunny

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • gay
  • ,
  • jocund
  • ,
  • jolly
  • ,
  • jovial
  • ,
  • merry
  • ,
  • mirthful

3. Given to social pleasures often including dissipation

  • "Led a gay bohemian life"
  • "A gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
    synonym:
  • gay

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • brave
  • ,
  • braw
  • ,
  • gay

5. Offering fun and gaiety

  • "A festive (or festal) occasion"
  • "Gay and exciting night life"
  • "A merry evening"
    synonym:
  • gay
  • ,
  • festal
  • ,
  • festive
  • ,
  • merry

6. Homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

    synonym:
  • gay
  • ,
  • queer
  • ,
  • homophile(a)

Examples of using

It is good to be gay.
She fell in love with a gay guy from the gym.
He is openly gay.