Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: gai 'happy'


1 adjective
gay1 S3
1 if someone, especially a man, is gay, they are sexually attracted to people of the same sex [= homosexual; ↪ straight, lesbian]:
the gay community in London
gay men and lesbians
a gay bar
a campaigner for gay rights (=equal treatment for gay people)
2 old-fashionedCC bright or attractive:
gay colours
3 old-fashioned cheerful and excited:
She felt excited and quite gay.

with gay abandon

in a careless way, without careful thought
gayness noun [uncountable]
gaily, gaiety

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