Gay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡeɪ|  American pronunciation of the word gay
Brit.  |ɡeɪ|  British pronunciation of the word gay


- someone who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex (syn: homo, homophile, homosexual)


- bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer(syn: cheery, sunny)
- full of or showing high-spirited merriment(syn: jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful)
- given to social pleasures often including dissipation
- brightly colored and showy(syn: brave, braw)
- offering fun and gaiety(syn: festal, festive, merry)
- homosexual or arousing homosexual desires (syn: homophile, queer)


The band was playing a gay tune.

the gayest of the spring flowers

a bar that is frequented by gays

Their costumes were gay with ribbons.

She felt excited and quite gay.

a campaigner for gay rights (=equal treatment for gay people)

when hearts were young and gay

a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company

a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies

a dress a bit too gay for her years

Word forms

singular: gay
plural: gays
comparative: gayer
superlative: gayest
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