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gayly

[gey-lee]
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adverb
  1. gaily.

gaily

or gay·ly

[gey-lee]
adverb
  1. with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
  2. with showiness; showily.

Origin of gaily

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at gay, -ly
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Examples from the Web for gayly

Historical Examples

  • "He is sure he never thought of anything so wild," she said, gayly.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking

    Isabella Alden

  • Yates walked merrily down the road, whistling "Gayly the troubadour."

  • "He ees not mourning over the feesh," declared Deschaillon gayly.

  • And then they burst into a hearty laugh, gayly excusing themselves.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • It was gayly remarked, however, that they were quite entitled to their turn of feasting.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for gayly

gaily

adverb
  1. in a lively manner; cheerfully
  2. with bright colours; showily
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Word Origin and History for gayly

gaily

adj.

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].

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