Definitions for GAYgeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gay*geɪ(adj.; n.; adv.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)homosexual.

  2. indicating or pertaining to homosexual interests or issues:

    gay rights; a gay organization.


  3. having or showing a merry, lively mood:

    gay spirits.

  4. bright or showy:

    gay colors.

  5. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures:

    a gay social season.

  6. licentious; dissipated; wanton:

    a wild, gay life.

  7. (n.)a homosexual person, esp. a male.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (adv.)in a gay manner.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Usage: gay has had senses dealing with sexual conduct since the 17th century. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a womanizer, a gay house a brothel. gay as an adjective meaning “homosexual” goes back at least to the 1930s. gay was applied openly by homosexuals to themselves, first as adjective and later as noun. Today, the noun often designates only a male: gays and lesbians. The word has ceased to be slang and is not used disparagingly. homosexual as a noun is sometimes used only in reference to a male.

Origin of gay:

1275–1325; < OF < Gmc; cf. OHG gāhi fast, sudden



  1. John, 1685–1732, English poet and playwright.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. homosexual, homophile, homo, gay(adj)

    someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

  2. cheery, gay, sunny(adj)

    bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

    "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile"

  3. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful(adj)

    full of or showing high-spirited merriment

    "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"

  4. gay(adj)

    given to social pleasures often including dissipation

    "led a gay Bohemian life"; "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"

  5. brave, braw, gay(adj)

    brightly colored and showy

    "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage"

  6. gay, festal, festive, merry(adj)

    offering fun and gaiety

    "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"

  7. gay, queer, homophile(a)(adj)

    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gay(adjective)ɪ


    gay marriage; ***a gay man

  2. gay(noun)ɪ

    a homosexual person

    a website for gays and lesbians


  1. Gay(ProperNoun)

    , originally a nickname for a cheerful or lively person.

  2. Gay(ProperNoun)

    from the word gay, "joyful"; rare today.

  3. Gay(ProperNoun)

    . Also a shortened form of Gabriel, Gaylord and similar names, or transferred from the surname.

  4. Origin: : From Pitman kay, which it is derived from graphically, and the sound it represents. The traditional name gee was considered inappropriate, as the Pitman letter never has the sound of that name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gay

    excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry

  2. Gay

    brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed

  3. Gay

    loose; dissipated; lewd

  4. Gay(noun)

    an ornament


  1. Gay

    Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to refer to feelings of being "carefree", "happy", or "bright and showy". The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century. In modern English, "gay" has come to be used as an adjective, and as a noun, referring to the people, especially to males, and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality. By the end of the 20th century, the word "gay" was recommended by major LGBT groups and style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. At about the same time, a new, pejorative use became prevalent in some parts of the world. In the Anglosphere, this connotation, among younger speakers, has a derisive meaning equivalent to rubbish or stupid. In this use, the word does not mean "homosexual", so it can be used, for example, to refer to an inanimate object or abstract concept of which one disapproves. This usage can also refer to weakness or unmanliness. When used in these ways, the extent to which it still retains connotations of homosexuality has been debated and harshly criticized.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GAY' in Adjectives Frequency: #718

Anagrams of GAY

  1. YAG

Translations for GAY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


happy or making people happy

The children were gay and cheerful; gay music.

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