gay: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (gā), [key]
— adj., n., adv. -er, -est,
  1. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
  2. bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
  3. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season.
  4. licentious; dissipated; wanton: The baron is a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies.
  5. homosexual.
  6. of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.
  1. a homosexual person, esp. a male.
  1. in a gay manner.


Pronunciation: (gā), [key]
— n.
  1. 1685–1732, English poet and dramatist.
  2. a female or male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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