Gay Gay (g[=a]), a. [Compar. {Gayer}; superl. {Gayest}.] [F. gai, perhaps fr. OHG. g?hi swift, rapid, G. g["a]h, j["a]h, steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. w?hi beatiful, good. Cf. {Jay}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry. [1913 Webster]

Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed. [1913 Webster]

Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton dress! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.]

Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly, sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial; joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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