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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gay  \Gay\,  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}.] 
  1.  Excited  with  merriment;  manifesting  sportiveness  or 
  delight;  inspiring  delight;  livery;  merry. 
 
  Belinda  smiled,  and  all  the  world  was  gay.  --Pope. 
 
  Gay  hope  is  theirs  by  fancy  fed.  --Gray. 
 
  2.  Brilliant  in  colors;  splendid;  fine;  richly  dressed. 
 
  Why  is  my  neighbor's  wife  so  gay?  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  bevy  of  fair  women,  richly  gay  In  gems  and  wanton 
  dress!  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Loose;  dissipated;  lewd.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Syn:  Merry;  gleeful;  blithe;  airy;  lively;  sprightly, 
  sportive;  light-hearted;  frolicsome;  jolly;  jovial; 
  joyous;  joyful;  glad;  showy;  splendid;  vivacious. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gay  \Gay\,  n. 
  An  ornament  [Obs.]  --L'Estrange. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gay 
  adj  1:  bright  and  pleasant;  promoting  a  feeling  of  cheer;  "a  cheery 
  hello";  "a  gay  sunny  room";  "a  sunny  smile"  [syn:  {cheery}, 
  {sunny}] 
  2:  full  of  or  showing  high-spirited  merriment;  "when  hearts 
  were  young  and  gay";  "a  poet  could  not  but  be  gay,  in  such 
  a  jocund  company"-  Wordsworth;  "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"  [syn:  {jocund},  {jolly},  {jovial}, 
  {merry},  {mirthful}] 
  3:  given  to  social  pleasures  often  including  dissipation;  "led 
  a  gay  Bohemian  life";  "a  gay  old  rogue  with  an  eye  for  the 
  ladies" 
  4:  brightly  colored  and  showy;  "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"  [syn:  {brave},  {braw}] 
  5:  offering  fun  and  gaiety;  "a  gala  ball  after  the 
  inauguration";  "a  festive  (or  festal)  occasion";  "gay  and 
  exciting  night  life";  "a  merry  evening"  [syn:  {gala(a)},  {festal}, 
  {festive},  {merry}] 
  6:  homosexual  or  arousing  homosexual  desires  [syn:  {queer},  {homophile(a)}] 
  n  :  someone  who  practices  homosexuality;  having  a  sexual 
  attraction  to  persons  of  the  same  sex  [syn:  {homosexual}, 
  {homo}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Gay,  GA  (town,  FIPS  32384) 
  Location:  33.09367  N,  84.57400  W 
  Population  (1990):  133  (64  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Gay,  MI 
  Zip  code(s):  49945 
  Gay,  WV 
  Zip  code(s):  25244 




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