or gay·ly



with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
with showiness; showily.

Nearby words

  1. gaikwar,
  2. gail,
  3. gaillard,
  4. gaillard cut,
  5. gaillardia,
  6. gain,
  7. gain ground,
  8. gainer,
  9. gaines,
  10. gaines, edmund pendleton

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



in a lively manner; cheerfully
with bright colours; showily
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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].

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