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or gayly

[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/
with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
with showiness; showily.
Origin of gaily
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at gay, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Old Bishop Berkeley would give a nonexistent dime to your nonexistent presence," Anders said gaily.

    Warm Robert Sheckley
  • She gaily flipped him with the loose tan gloves she had drawn off.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • "I knew there was something the matter with me," she said gaily.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • None of them bantered her gaily to coquettish interchanges of wit.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Across the street was her gaily lighted cottage, where all the guests were waiting.

  • “I do believe we shall have you downstairs yet, Aunt Ellen,” said Lucy gaily.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • Prince Andrew gaily bore with his father's ridicule of the new men, and drew him on and listened to him with evident pleasure.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for gaily


in a lively manner; cheerfully
with bright colours; showily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gaily

also gayly, late 14c., from Middle English gai (see gay) + -ly (2). "The spelling gaily is the more common, and is supported by the only existing analogy, that of daily" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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