Meaning of gay

gay




Gay is a word with many meanings. A gay person is homosexual, but if we describe something like a scene or a party as gay, that means it’s bright, merry, and happy.

Gay originally meant excited, festive and merry. Skipping down the street is something you’d do in a gay mood. A fun dinner party could be described as full of laughter and gaiety. Gay really only came to mean homosexual in the last century. The fight for gay rights doesn’t mean a fight for the right to be festive, it means a fight against discrimination.

Definitions of gay
  1. noun

    someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

    synonyms:

    homo, homophile, homosexual

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    types:

    gay man, shirtlifter

    a homosexual man
    gay woman, lesbian, tribade

    a female homosexual
    closet queen

    a negative term for a homosexual man who chooses not to reveal his sexual orientation
    type of:

    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

    a human being

  2. adjective

    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

    synonyms:

    homophile, queer

    homosexual

    sexually attracted to members of your own sex
  3. adjective

    given to social pleasures often including dissipation

    “led a
    gay Bohemian life”
    “a
    gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies”
    Synonyms:

    indulgent

    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  4. adjective

    bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

    “a
    gay sunny room”
    synonyms:

    cheery, sunny

    cheerful

    being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
  5. adjective

    offering fun and gaiety

    gay and exciting night life”
    synonyms:

    festal, festive, merry

    joyous

    full of or characterized by joy
  6. adjective

    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”
    synonyms:

    jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful

    joyous

    full of or characterized by joy
  7. adjective

    brightly colored and showy

    “a dress a bit too
    gay for her years”
    “birds with
    gay plumage”
    synonyms:

    brave, braw

    colorful, colourful

    striking in variety and interest

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