What does gay mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. homosexual, homophile, homo, gayadjective

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

  2. cheery, gay, sunnyadjective

    bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

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

  3. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthfuladjective

    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. gayadjective

    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, gayadjective

    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, merryadjective

    offering fun and gaiety

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

  7. gay, queer, homophile(a)adjective

    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Wiktionary

  1. Gaynoun

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

  2. Gaynoun

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

  3. Gaynoun

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

  4. Gaynoun

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

  5. Gaynoun

    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,

  6. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GAYadjective

    Etymology: gay, French.

    Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play;
    Belinda smil’d, and all the world was gay. Alexander Pope.

    Ev’n rival wits did Voiture’s fate deplore,
    And the gay mourn’d, who never mourn’d before. Alexander Pope.

    A virgin that loves to go gay. Bar. vi. 9.

  2. Gaynoun

    An ornament; an embellishment.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Morose and untractable spirits look upon precepts in emblem, as they do upon gays and pictures, the fooleries of so many old wives tales. Roger L'Estrange.

ChatGPT

  1. gay

    Gay is a term commonly used to describe a person who identifies as having a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards individuals of the same gender. It is typically used to refer to homosexual men, although it can be inclusive of both homosexual men and homosexual women.

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. Gaynoun

    an ornament

Wikidata

  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GAY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gay is ranked #1094 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gay surname appeared 32,025 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Gay.

    70.7% or 22,648 total occurrences were White.
    22.5% or 7,209 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 743 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 599 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 589 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 234 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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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. Jaxton Wheeler:

    My gay community friends please a life is lost and we gain nothing from anything but showing respect and sympathy, her fans and loved ones are upset, I'm sickened in my out of context comment. As I stated before anyone even made my tweet a thing.

  2. Bryan Fuller:

    As a gay man, I'm fascinated with heterosexual relationships between straight men.

  3. Josh Groban:

    Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one. ... People have speculated, have wanted to speculate – whatever, fine. I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't review it as a bad thing.

  4. Fred Smoller:

    The President is just horrifically unpopular, because Orange County Republicanism is really a libertarianism. The Republicans here want lower taxes, they want less government regulations, they want more local control. They find the anti-gay, anti-women's choice, anti-environment really doesn't fit.

  5. Bill Donohue:

    It's their parade. I wouldn't have had any group advocating their own cause, if you want to let the gay group in, then you have to let the pro-life group in under its own banner.

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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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