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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  
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)  
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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  ( gays    plural)   ( gayer    comparative)   ( gayest    superlative  )
1       adj   A gay person is homosexual.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: straight)    The quality of life for gay men has improved over the last two decades., ...the gay community.     
      Gays are homosexual people, especially homosexual men., n-plural  
More importantly, gays have proved themselves to be style leaders.     
  gayness      n-uncount  
...Mike's admission of his gayness.     
2       adj   A gay person is fun to be with because they are lively and cheerful.  
OLD-FASHIONED   I am happy and free, in good health, gay and cheerful.     
3       adj   A gay object is brightly coloured and pretty to look at.  

I like gay, relaxing paintings.     

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See also:

gab, gag, gap, guy

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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