Scot. considerably; very.

Origin of gey

First recorded in 1805–15; variant of gay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gey

Historical Examples of gey

  • 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



Scot and Northumbrian dialect (intensifier)it's gey cold

Word Origin for gey

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper