or gay·ly

[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gaily


/ (ˈɡeɪlɪ) /


in a lively manner; cheerfully
with bright colours; showily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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].

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