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[gey] /geɪ/
Scot. considerably; very.
Origin of gey
First recorded in 1805-15; variant of gay Unabridged
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  • I couldna think on naething, but just that he was a gey and clever gentleman.

  • On being asked what he knew, he said, "I ken a miller has aye a gey fat sou."

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • "Your faither will be gey pleased when he comes hame the day," she said, giving the conversation a new turn.

    The Underworld James C. Welsh
  • It was gey like him, the photygraph, and so everybody kent it wasna the rale Art.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • Hech, sirs, but they would need a gey rubbing to get the rust off them now.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • It is a fact that it's a gey ill wind that blaws naebody good.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • She hasna been in't for a gey while, and winna be in't for a guid while langer; and sae ye may tell them that sent ye.

  • If the a's waur than I imagine, it's gey bad,' replied the little seamstress.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • It's a gey hard, step-motherly kind o' world this for some folk; but you—weel, I wad say ye've your fu' share o' blessin's.'

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • Once Mr. Stewart asked me if I did not think it a "gey duir trip."

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for gey


/ɡaɪ; Scottish ɡəɪ/
(Scot & Northumbrian, dialect) (intensifier): it's gey cold
Word Origin
variant of gay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gey

a Scottish variant of gay, sometimes used 18c.-19c. with a sense of "considerable, pretty much, considerably." Cf. gray/grey.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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