Definition of Gay

1. Noun. Someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex.

Exact synonyms: Homo, Homophile, Homosexual
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Gay Man, Shirtlifter, Gay Woman, Lesbian, Tribade
Derivative terms: Homosexual

2. Adjective. Bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer. "A sunny smile"
Exact synonyms: Cheery, Sunny
Similar to: Cheerful
Derivative terms: Cheer, Sunniness

3. Adjective. Full of or showing high-spirited merriment. "A mirthful laugh"

4. Adjective. Given to social pleasures often including dissipation. "A gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
Similar to: Indulgent

5. Adjective. Brightly colored and showy. "Birds with gay plumage"
Exact synonyms: Brave, Braw
Similar to: Colorful, Colourful
Geographical relationships: Scotland

6. Adjective. Offering fun and gaiety. "A merry evening"
Exact synonyms: Festal, Festive, Merry
Similar to: Joyous
Derivative terms: Festivity, Merriness

7. Adjective. Homosexual or arousing homosexual desires.
Exact synonyms: Homophile, Queer
Similar to: Homosexual
Derivative terms: Gayness, Queerness

Definition of Gay

1. a. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.

2. n. An ornament

Definition of Gay

1. Proper noun. (surname A=An English from=Middle English dot=), originally a nickname for a cheerful or lively person. ¹

2. Proper noun. (given name female from=English) from the word gay, "joyful"; rare today. ¹

3. Proper noun. (given name male from=English). Also a shortened form of Gabriel, Gaylord and similar names, or transferred from the surname. ¹

4. Adjective. (dated) Happy, joyful, and lively. ¹

5. Adjective. (dated) Festive, bright, or colourful. ¹

6. Adjective. (obsolete) Sexually promiscuous (of either gender). ¹

7. Adjective. Homosexual: ¹

8. Adjective. (context: of an institution or group) Intended for gay people, ''especially'' gay men. ¹

9. Adjective. In accordance with stereotypes of homosexual people: ¹

10. Adjective. (non-gloss definition A pejorative:) ¹

11. Adjective. (context: of a dog's tail) Upright or curved over the back. ¹

12. Noun. (chiefly in plural or attributive) a homosexual, ''especially'' a male homosexual; ''see also'' lesbian. ¹

13. Noun. (obsolete) An ornament. ¹

14. Noun. The name of the letter ?'''—'''?, which stands for the sound (IPA /?/), in Pitman shorthand. ¹

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Definition of Gay

1. merry [n GAYS] - See also: merry

Medical Definition of Gay

1. 1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry. "Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay." (Pope) "Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed." (Gray) 2. Brilliant in colours; splendid; fine; richly dressed. "Why is my neighbor's wife so gay?" (Chaucer) "A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton dress" (Milton) 3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. Synonym: Merry, gleeful, blithe, airy, lively, sprightly, sportive, light-hearted, frolicsome, jolly, jovial, joyous, joyful, glad, showy, splendid, vivacious. Origin: F. Gai, perhaps fr. OHG. Ghi swift, rapid, G. Gah, jah, steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. Whi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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