Gay (?), a. [Compar. Gayer (?); superl. Gayest.] [F. gai, perhaps fr. OHG. ghi swift, rapid, G. gah, jah, steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. whi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay.]


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.


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.


Loose; dissipated; lewd.


Syn. -- Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly, sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial; joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious.


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Gay, n.

An ornament




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