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From 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.]
1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or
delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.
Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope.
Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray.
2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed.
Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer.
A bevy of fair women, richly gay
In gems and wanton dress! --Milton.
3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.]
Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly,
sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial;
joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious.
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