What does gay mean?

Definitions for gay
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gay.

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

Wiktionary

  1. Gay(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: : 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.

  2. Gay(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: : 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.

  3. Gay(ProperNoun)

    An English surname, originally a nickname for a cheerful or lively person.

  4. Gay(ProperNoun)

    A female given name from English from the word gay, "joyful"; rare today.

  5. Gay(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from English. Also a shortened form of Gabriel, Gaylord and similar names, or transferred from the surname.

    - - - my father's father, Gaetano Talese, was an atypically fearless traveler,

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gay

    gā, adj. lively: bright: sportive, merry: wanton, dissipated, of loose life: showy: (prov.) spotted.—adv. (Scot.) fairly, considerably.—ns. Gai′ety, Gay′ety, Gay′ness.—advs. Gai′ly, Gay′ly; Gay′some, gladsome.&mdashmdash;Gay science, a rendering of gai saber, the Provençal name for the art of poetry. [O. Fr. gai—Old High Ger. wâhi, pretty, not gâhi, swift (Diez).]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

How to pronounce gay?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say gay in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gay in a Sentence

  1. Barack Hussein Obama:

    We have a number of women candidates and we have one gay candidate and those candidates are going to have barriers if they win the nomination or if they win the general election just like I did.

  2. Chelsea Clinton:

    We also have to break through the barriers of bigotry. African-American parents shouldn't have to worry that their children will be harassed, humiliated, even shot because of the color of their skin, i believe so strongly that we have to keep up with every fiber of our being the argument for, the campaign for human rights. Human rights as women's rights, human rights as gay rights, human rights as worker rights, human rights as voting rights, human rights across the board for every single American. Now, that is who I am.

  3. David Cooley:

    After my traveling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a couple could sit together. I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together. He was given a choice to either give up the premium seat and move to coach or get off the plane. We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane. I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment over a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave. we will never be flying Alaska Airlines or their recently purchasedVirgin Airlines Groupever again. Thank you to Delta Air Lines for getting us home safe. If you are an#LGBTperson, please spend your travel dollars with an LGBT-friendly airline like Delta.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    Liberty University was kind enough to invite me to address a convocation and I decided to accept, it goes without saying that my views on many issues -- women's rights, gay rights, education and many other issues -- are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community. It is very easy for a candidate to speak to people who hold the same views. It's harder but important to reach out to others who look at the world differently. I look forward to meeting with the students and faculty of Liberty University.

  5. Andrea Lafferty:

    I could have been fired just because I’m gay until 2014. That’s utterly ridiculous to me. this should be a concern to everybody.

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Translations for gay

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • homoseksueel, moffie, gayAfrikaans
  • مثلي, مثلية, لوطيArabic
  • homoseksualist, geyAzerbaijani
  • гамасексуа́льны, гамасэксуалі́ст, гейBelarusian
  • хомосексуа́лен, шарен, безгрижен, весел, гей, хомосексуали́стBulgarian
  • সমরতি, গেBengali
  • gaia, gaiCatalan, Valencian
  • homosexuální, veselý, homosexuál, gayCzech
  • hoyw, llawen, siriolWelsh
  • bøsse, lesbisk, glad, homoseksuel, livlig, farverig, sjov, homoDanish
  • schwul, ausgelassen, lesbisch, lustig, bunt, fröhlich, homosexuell, Homo, Schwuler, Homosexueller, GayGerman
  • ζωηρός, αδερφή, πούστικος, ομοφυλόφιλη, πούστης, εύθυμος, αδερφίστικος, λεσβία, παρδαλός, ομοφυλόφιλος, φαιδρόςGreek
  • geja, gaja, samseksama, samseksema, samseksemulo, gejoEsperanto
  • gay, amujerado, penca, femenino, festivo, gayo, alegre, afeminado, mariconado, vívido, colorido, feliz, aburrido, fome, homosexual, marimachadoSpanish
  • gei, lustlik, homoseksuaal, homoseksuaalneEstonian
  • خوش حال, همجنس‌گرا, گی, هم‌جنس‌گراPersian
  • iloinen, hilpeä, homoseksuaalinen, homo, eläväinen, naismainen, korea, tyhmä, gei, gay, homoseksuaali, homppeliFinnish
  • glaðurFaroese
  • gai, homo, gay, gaieFrench
  • bán, aerach, spéiriúilIrish
  • gèidh, co-ghnèitheach, co-sheòrsach, gille-tòineScottish Gaelic
  • לסבית, הומו, גֵּיי, עליזה, עליז, גיי, הוֹמוֹסֶקסוּאָלHebrew
  • गे, समलिंगीHindi
  • meleg, boldogHungarian
  • արվամոլ, համասեռամոլ, գոմիկArmenian
  • gay, gaudioseInterlingua
  • gayIndonesian
  • felice, gay, gaia, effemminato, allegra, gaio, omosessuale, finocchio, lieto, allegro, lietaItalian
  • הומוHebrew
  • ださい, 楽しい, 同性愛, つまらない, 派手, オカマ, 嬉しい, ゲイ, おかま, 同性愛者Japanese
  • გეი, ჰომოსექსუალიGeorgian
  • гомосексуалист, гейKazakh
  • ಸಲಿಂಗಕಾಮಿKannada
  • 동성애자, 게이, [[동성]]애의 [[사람]]Korean
  • гомосексуалист, кумса, гейKyrgyz
  • gayLatin
  • ກະເທີຍLao
  • gėjus, homoseksualasLithuanian
  • gejs, homoseksuālsLatvian
  • хо́мосексуален, геј, женствен, педерски, хо́мосексуалецMacedonian
  • гэй, гомосексMongolian
  • गेMarathi
  • suka, gembira, warna-warni, homoseksual, membosankan, gayMalay
  • sissi, allegruża, linfa, allegruż, gay, pufta, ferħana, omosesswali, ferħan, mxaqlebMaltese
  • ဂေး, ဂန်ဒူးBurmese
  • homo, gayNorwegian
  • opgetogen, vrolijk, feestelijk, goedgezind, homoseksueel, monter, kleurrijk, homofiel, verwijfd, uitgelaten, homoDutch
  • homsete, fargerik, homo, festlig, livlig, femi, homoseksuell, glad, bøg, morsom, soper, homseNorwegian
  • wesół, zmanierowany, radosny, homoseksualny, zniewieściały, gejPolish
  • gay, efeminado, vívido, guei, festivo, alegre, contente, sem graça, veado, feliz, chato, bicha, viadoPortuguese
  • gay, homo, homosexual, poponarRomanian
  • ге́йский, я́ркий, голубо́й, жема́нный, жизнера́достный, мане́рный, ра́достный, гомосексуа́льный, весёлый, цветно́й, гомосексуали́ст, гомосе́к, го́мик, гей, гомосексуа́лRussian
  • хомосексуалан, homoseksualan, homoseksualac, геј, gej, лезбејка, lezbejka, хомосексуалацSerbo-Croatian
  • සමරිසිSinhala, Sinhalese
  • homosexuál, gay, gejSlovak
  • homoseksuálec, gejSlovene
  • homo, homoseksualAlbanian
  • homosexuell, grann, fjollig, bög, lustig, gay, bögig, glad, homoSwedish
  • shoga, msenge, bashaSwahili
  • நம்பிTamil
  • గేTelugu
  • ҳамҷинсгароTajik
  • เกย์, ตุ๊ดThai
  • geýTurkmen
  • bakla, tibo, homoseksuwalTagalog
  • eşcinsel, homoseksüel, şen, renkli, canlı, ibne, iç açıcı, neşeli, parlak, homo, geyTurkish
  • гомосексуа́льний, гомосексуалі́ст, ґей, гейUkrainian
  • گےUrdu
  • gomoseksualist, geyUzbek
  • gay, người đồng tính, người đồng tính namVietnamese
  • פריילעךYiddish
  • 同性恋者Chinese

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