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English adjective: gay

1. gay bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

SamplesA cheery hello.
A gay sunny room.
A sunny smile.

Synonymscheery, sunny


Antonymscheerless, depressing, uncheerful

2. gay full of or showing high-spirited merriment

SamplesWhen hearts were young and gay.
A poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company.
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.

Synonymsjocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful



3. gay given to social pleasures often including dissipation

SamplesLed a gay Bohemian life.
A gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies.


Antonymsnonindulgent, strict

4. gay brightly colored and showy

SamplesGirls 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.

Synonymsbrave, braw

Similarcolorful, colourful

Antonymscolorless, colourless

5. gay offering fun and gaiety

SamplesA festive (or festal) occasion.
Gay and exciting night life.
A merry evening.

Synonymsfestal, festive, merry



6. gay homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Synonymshomophile, queer


Antonymsbisexual, heterosexual

English noun: gay

1. gay (person) someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

Synonymshomo, homophile, homosexual

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)gay man, gay woman, lesbian, shirtlifter, tribade

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