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[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/


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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  • "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.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • 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
  • "One may very well have a little enjoyment out of one's savings," he said gayly.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • "She's gayly, sir; she's gayly," said the charcoal-burner shortly, his mouth in his can of tea.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "Too happy to be president of your council," said Linton, gayly.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "All right; stick to gratitude, and you'll see where it will land you," said he, gayly.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • "There goes the first dinner-bell, Miss Martin," said Repton, gayly.

British Dictionary definitions for gayly


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 gayly



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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