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[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. 2018.
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  • "Brighten your lovely features with a smile, Katherine me dear," she said gaily.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Chevrotte was gaily singing, and she plunged into it like a startled fawn.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • She climbed quickly into the carriage and said gaily: "Go ahead, Sami!"

  • "But we were bound to go somewhere, my dear fellow," she gaily answered.

  • She had too often asked him (no matter how gaily) what he heard about her, too often begged him not to hear anything.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • After the lapse of half an hour or so, the elder Chester, gaily dressed, went out.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • "The red rose for the Elphbergs, Marshal," said I gaily, and he nodded.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
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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