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gay

  

      adj  
1   
a    homosexual  
b    (as n)  
a group of gays     
2   
a    carefree and merry  
a gay temperament     
b    brightly coloured; brilliant  
a gay hat     
c    given to pleasure, esp. in social entertainment  
a gay life     
     (C13: from Old French gai, from Old Provençal, of Germanic origin)  
  gayness      n  
Gayness is the state of being homosexual. The noun which refers to the state of being carefree and merry is gaiety  


Gay  
      n   John. 1685--1732, English poet and dramatist; author of The Beggar's Opera (1728)  
Gay Gordons  
      n   functioning as sing     (Brit)   an energetic old-time dance  
Gay-Lussac     (French)  
      n   Joseph Louis (<PH:Z><PH:o><PH:z><PH:E><PH:f> <PH:l><PH:w><PH:i>). 1778--1850, French physicist and chemist: discovered the law named after him (1808), investigated the effects of terrestrial magnetism, isolated boron and cyanogen, and discovered methods of manufacturing sulphuric and oxalic acids  
Gay-Lussac's law  
      n  
1    the principle that gases react together in volumes (measured at the same temperature and pressure) that bear a simple ratio to each other and to the gaseous products  
2       another name for       Charles' law  
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Gay  
      n   John. 1685--1732, English poet and dramatist; author of The Beggar's Opera (1728)  


gay  
      adj  
1   
a    homosexual  
b    (as n)  
a group of gays     
2   
a    carefree and merry  
a gay temperament     
b    brightly coloured; brilliant  
a gay hat     
c    given to pleasure, esp. in social entertainment  
a gay life     
     (C13: from Old French gai, from Old Provençal, of Germanic origin)  
  gayness      n  
Gayness is the state of being homosexual. The noun which refers to the state of being carefree and merry is gaiety  
Gay Gordons  
      n   functioning as sing     (Brit)   an energetic old-time dance  
Gay-Lussac     (French)  
      n   Joseph Louis (<PH:Z><PH:o><PH:z><PH:E><PH:f> <PH:l><PH:w><PH:i>). 1778--1850, French physicist and chemist: discovered the law named after him (1808), investigated the effects of terrestrial magnetism, isolated boron and cyanogen, and discovered methods of manufacturing sulphuric and oxalic acids  
Gay-Lussac's law  
      n  
1    the principle that gases react together in volumes (measured at the same temperature and pressure) that bear a simple ratio to each other and to the gaseous products  
2       another name for       Charles' law  

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gay

  

      adj  
1    bent     (offensive slang)   homosexual, lesbian, moffie     (S. African slang)   pink     (informal)   poofy     (offensive slang)   queer     (informal, derogatory)  
2    animated, blithe, carefree, cheerful, debonair, full of beans     (informal)   glad, gleeful, happy, hilarious, insouciant, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, light-hearted, lively, merry, sparkling, sunny, vivacious  
3    bright, brilliant, colourful, flamboyant, flashy, fresh, garish, gaudy, rich, showy, vivid  
4    convivial, festive, frivolous, frolicsome, fun-loving, gamesome, ludic     (literary)   merry, playful, pleasure-seeking, rakish, rollicking, sportive, waggish  
      n  
5    bull dyke     (offensive slang)   dyke     (offensive slang)   faggot     (U.S. offens. slang)   fairy     (offensive slang)   homosexual, invert, lesbian, poof     (offensive slang)   queer     (offensive slang)  
  
Antonyms     
  
1 & 5    heterosexual, straight  
2    cheerless, colourless, conservative, down in the dumps     (informal)   drab, dull, grave, grim, melancholy, miserable, sad, sedate, serious, sober, solemn, sombre, unhappy  

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gay adj.
in modern usage, especially among young people, also used disparagingly to mean 'rubbish' or 'ridiculous'
that is so gay: c'est nase

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