gaily
also gayly adverb Date: 14th century in a gay manner ; marked by gaiety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Gaily — Gai ly, adv. [From {Gay}.] Merrily; showily. See {gaily}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaily — also gayly, late 14c., from M.E. gai (see GAY (Cf. gay)) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). The spelling gaily is the more common, and is supported by the only existing analogy, that of DAILY (Cf. daily) [OED] …   Etymology dictionary

  • gaily — [adv] happily, brightly blithely, brilliantly, cheerfully, colorfully, flamboyantly, flashily, gleefully, glowingly, joyfully, laughingly, lightheartedly, merrily, showily, sparklingly, spiritedly, splendidly, vivaciously, with élan*, with… …   New thesaurus

  • gaily — ► ADVERB 1) in a light hearted and cheerful manner. 2) without thinking of the consequences. 3) with a bright appearance …   English terms dictionary

  • gaily — [gā′lē] adv. [ME] in a gay manner; specif., a) happily; merrily; joyously b) brightly; in bright colors …   English World dictionary

  • gaily — [[t]ge͟ɪli[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v If you do something gaily, you do it in a lively, happy way. Magda laughed gaily. 2) ADV GRADED: ADV ed Something that is gaily coloured or gaily decorated is coloured or decorated in a bright, pretty way …   English dictionary

  • gaily — gai|ly [ˈgeıli] adv [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: GAY1] 1.) in a happy way = ↑cheerfully ▪ Morning, Albert, she called gaily. 2.) in a way that shows you do not care about, or do not realize, the effects of your actions ▪ They gaily went on talking… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gaily — adverb 1 in a happy cheerful way: He walked past whistling gaily. 2 in a way that shows you do not care about, or do not realize, the effects of your actions: They gaily went on talking after the film had started. 3 gaily… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gaily — gai|ly [ geıli ] adverb 1. ) in a happy and lively way: She greeted us gaily with a wave. 2. ) in a way that shows you do not understand or care how what you do affects other people: James gaily continued to offend everyone with his remarks. 3. ) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gaily — UK [ˈɡeɪlɪ] / US adverb 1) in a happy and lively way She greeted us gaily with a wave. 2) in a way that shows you do not understand or care how what you do affects other people James gaily continued to offend everyone with his remarks. 3) with… …   English dictionary

  • gaily — adv. Gaily is used with these adjectives: ↑coloured Gaily is used with these verbs: ↑decorate, ↑paint …   Collocations dictionary

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