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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gay mean? 

GAY (noun)
  The noun GAY has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: GAY used as a noun is very rare.


GAY (adjective)
  The adjective GAY has 6 senses:

1. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
2. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
3. given to social pleasures often including dissipation
4. brightly colored and showy
5. offering fun and gaiety
6. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

  Familiarity information: GAY used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GAY (noun)


Sense 1gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

gay; homo; homophile; homosexual

Hypernyms ("gay" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gay"):

gay man; shirtlifter (a homosexual man)

gay woman; lesbian; tribade (a female homosexual)


GAY (adjective)


Sense 1gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

Synonyms:

cheery; gay; sunny

Context examples:

a cheery hello / a gay sunny room / a sunny smile

Similar:

cheerful (being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits)


Sense 2gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full of or showing high-spirited merriment

Synonyms:

merry; jovial; jolly; jocund; mirthful; gay

Context examples:

when 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

Similar:

joyous (full of or characterized by joy)


Sense 3gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Given to social pleasures often including dissipation

Context examples:

led a gay Bohemian life / a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies

Similar:

indulgent (characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone)


Sense 4gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Brightly colored and showy

Synonyms:

braw; brave; gay

Context examples:

girls 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

Similar:

colorful; colourful (striking in variety and interest)


Sense 5gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Offering fun and gaiety

Synonyms:

festal; festive; merry; gay

Context examples:

a festive (or festal) occasion / gay and exciting night life / a merry evening

Similar:

joyous (full of or characterized by joy)


Sense 6gay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Synonyms:

homophile; queer; gay

Similar:

homosexual (sexually attracted to members of your own sex)


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