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  1. Scot. considerably; very.
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Origin of gey

First recorded in 1805–15; variant of gay
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Examples from the Web for gey

Historical Examples

  • It jingles well; and both Nanse and me thought it gey and pretty; but eh!

    The Life of Mansie Wauch

    David Macbeth Moir

  • On being asked what he knew, he said, "I ken a miller has aye a gey fat sou."

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • It was gey like him, the photygraph, and so everybody kent it wasna the rale Art.


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

  • I was throughither whiles in my young days, Miss Ross—no very, but gey.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • It is a fact that it's a gey ill wind that blaws naebody good.

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for gey


  1. Scot and Northumbrian dialect (intensifier)it's gey cold
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Word Origin

variant of gay
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Word Origin and History for gey


a Scottish variant of gay, sometimes used 18c.-19c. with a sense of "considerable, pretty much, considerably." Cf. gray/grey.

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