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  1. homosexuality.
  2. Older Use. the state or quality of being bright or showy: the gayness of the décor.
  3. Older Use. the state or quality of being merry or lively: her gayness of spirit.
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Origin of gayness

1400–50; Middle English gaynesse, gainesse; see gay + -ness
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for gayness

lesbian, homophile, queer, keen, sparkling, alert, wild, forward, jolly, glad, gaudy, brave, rich, flamboyant, Sapphic, homoerotic, animate, animated, blithe, brash

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  • The dancers, however, outshone them all in the gayness of their costume.

    Mark Seaworth

    William H.G. Kingston

  • Her good spirits and gayness created a happy mood in the nation.

  • And as he spoke all of the gayness of joy was lost from the voice of my beloved Gouverneur and in its place was a bitterness.

    The Daredevil

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • He had selected them for the gayness of their uniforms, which he fancied betokened their exalted rank.

  • The streets were clean and bright; and there was plenty of gayness and joy—for them as could grab a share of it.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell