|1.||[ adjective ] bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer|
"a cheery hello" "a gay sunny room" "a sunny smile"
|2.||[ adjective ] (color) 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"
|3.||[ adjective ] full of or showing high-spirited merriment|
|Synonyms:||merry jolly jovial mirthful jocund|
"when hearts were young and gay" "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"
|4.||[ adjective ] given to social pleasures often including dissipation|
"led a gay Bohemian life" "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
|5.||[ adjective ] (sexuality) homosexual or arousing homosexual desires|
|6.||[ adjective ] offering fun and gaiety|
|Synonyms:||festive merry festal gala|
"a gala ball after the inauguration" "a festive (or festal) occasion" "gay and exciting night life" "a merry evening"
|7.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 774|
|8.||[ noun ] Woman's first name, popularity rank in the U.S. is 795|
|9.||[ noun ] (sexuality) someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex|
|Related terms:||person lesbian gay_man|