adjective, gay·er, gay·est.
- (used especially of women and especially in poetry) beautiful, lofty, noble, or excellent: The learned man hath got the lady gay.
- excellent; top-notch: a gay and lofty mind.
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Origin of gay
usage note for gay
In contrast, gay in the sense “awkward, stupid, or bad” is often used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting to gay people. Though some have argued that this sense is independent of the “homosexual” sense, and therefore not homophobic, the argument is weakened by the fact that “homosexual” has long been the dominant meaning of gay, and thus permeates its other usages. See also homosexual.
OTHER WORDS FROM gaygay·ness, nounnon·gay, adjectivequa·si-gay, adjective
Words nearby gay
Definition for gay (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for gay
Sometimes he repaired to 'gay' houses, hoping to learn something about Odette, although he dared not mention her name.Swann's Way|Marcel Proust
When the knight wishes to send a message, he speaks in the ear of his 'gay goshawk that can baith speak and flee.'The Balladists|John Geddie
But he was anything but 'gay'—delicate in health, plain to look at, and poor besides.
The plate conveys a correct representation of the 'gay scene' at that precise moment.Roundabout Papers|William Makepeace Thackeray
However, she cared for nobody; and some said it was for the sake of a far-away cousin of her own, one of the 'gay Gordons.'
British Dictionary definitions for gay (1 of 2)
- of or for homosexualsa gay club
- carefree and merrya gay temperament
- brightly coloured; brillianta gay hat
- given to pleasure, esp in social entertainmenta gay life
Derived forms of gaygayness, noun
Word Origin for gay
usage for gay
British Dictionary definitions for gay (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for gay
Cultural definitions for gay
Descriptive term for homosexuals.