gayness

[ gey-nis ]
/ ˈgeɪ nɪs /

noun

gay or lesbian sexual orientation or behavior.
Older Use. the state or quality of being bright or showy: the gayness of the décor.
Older Use. the state or quality of being merry or lively: her gayness of spirit.

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Origin of gayness

First recorded in 1400–50 for defs. 2, 3, and in 1950–55 for def. 1; Middle English gaynesse, gainesse; see gay + -ness
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