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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex;
[syn: homosexual, homophile, homo, gay]


ADJECTIVE (6)

1. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer;
- Example: "a cheery hello"
- Example: "a gay sunny room"
- Example: "a sunny smile"
[syn: cheery, gay, sunny]

2. full of or showing high-spirited merriment;
- Example: "when hearts were young and gay"
- Example: "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth
- Example: "the jolly crowd at the reunion"
- Example: "jolly old Saint Nick"
- Example: "a jovial old gentleman"
- Example: "have a merry Christmas"
- Example: "peals of merry laughter"
- Example: "a mirthful laugh"
[syn: gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful]

3. given to social pleasures often including dissipation;
- Example: "led a gay Bohemian life"
- Example: "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"

4. brightly colored and showy;
- Example: "girls decked out in brave new dresses"
- Example: "brave banners flying"
- Example: "`braw' is a Scottish word"
- Example: "a dress a bit too gay for her years"
- Example: "birds with gay plumage"
[syn: brave, braw, gay]

5. offering fun and gaiety;
- Example: "a festive (or festal) occasion"
- Example: "gay and exciting night life"
- Example: "a merry evening"
[syn: gay, festal, festive, merry]

6. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires;
[syn: gay, queer, homophile(a)]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gay \Gay\, n. An ornament [Obs.] --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gay \Gay\ (g[=a]), a. [Compar. Gayer; superl. Gayest.] [F. gai, perhaps fr. OHG. g?hi swift, rapid, G. g[aum]h, j[aum]h, steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. w?hi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay.] [1913 Webster] 1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry. [1913 Webster] Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed. [1913 Webster] Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton dress! --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.] Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly, sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial; joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gay adj 1: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile" [syn: cheery, gay, 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: gay, 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, gay] 5: offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening" [syn: gay, festal, festive, merry] 6: homosexual or arousing homosexual desires [syn: gay, queer, homophile(a)] n 1: someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex [syn: homosexual, homophile, homo, gay]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

198 Moby Thesaurus words for "gay": AC-DC, abandoned, addled, alert, amphierotic, animate, animated, antic, autoerotic, beaming, beatific, beatified, beery, bemused, besotted, bisexed, bisexual, blessed, blind drunk, blissful, blithe, blithesome, boon, brash, brave, bravura, braw, bright, bright-hued, brilliant, bubbling, bubbly, buoyant, burning, butch, cant, capering, capersome, carefree, cheerful, chichi, chipper, chirping, colorful, colory, coltish, confident, convivial, crapulent, crapulous, dancing, daring, dashing, debauched, debonair, deep-colored, deviant, devil-may-care, dissipated, dissolute, dizzy, drenched, dressy, drunk, drunken, effeminate, effervescent, exhibitionistic, exotic, exuberant, far-gone, fast, festal, festive, flashing, flashy, flaunting, flushed with joy, flustered, forward, fou, free, free and easy, frilly, frisky, frolicsome, frothy, full, full of beans, gala, gallant, gamesome, garish, gaudy, gay-colored, giddy, glad, gladsome, gleeful, glittering, glorious, glowing, gorgeous, hail-fellow-well-met, happy, hearty, high-colored, high-spirited, hilarious, homoerotic, homophile, homosexual, in liquor, inebriate, inebriated, inebrious, intense, intoxicated, inverted, jaunty, jazzy, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, jubilant, keen, laughing, leaping, lesbian, licentious, light-hearted, lighthearted, lively, mannish, many-colored, maudlin, mellow, merry, merrymaking, mirthful, muddled, nappy, on the loose, overweening, perverted, playful, presuming, profligate, purring, pushful, pushy, queer, radiant, raffish, rakehell, rakehellish, rakehelly, rakish, reeling, rich, rich-colored, rollicking, rollicksome, rompish, sapphic, self-assertive, shikker, showy, singing, skittish, smiling, smirking, snazzy, sodden, sotted, sparkling, spirited, splashy, splurgy, sportive, sporty, sprightly, starry-eyed, thrice happy, tiddly, tipsy, transvestite, tribadistic, unbridled, under the influence, vital, vivacious, vivid, wild, zestful, zippy
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Gay, GA -- U.S. town in Georgia Population (2000): 149 Housing Units (2000): 69 Land area (2000): 0.860788 sq. miles (2.229431 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.860788 sq. miles (2.229431 sq. km) FIPS code: 32384 Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13 Location: 33.093797 N, 84.573924 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Gay, GA Gay