1. [ adjective ] bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
Synonyms: cheery sunny

"a cheery hello" "a gay sunny room" "a sunny smile"

Related terms: cheerful
2. [ adjective ] (color) brightly colored and showy
Synonyms: braw brave

"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"

Related terms: colorful
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"

Related terms: joyous
4. [ adjective ] given to social pleasures often including dissipation

"led a gay Bohemian life" "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"

Related terms: indulgent
5. [ adjective ] (sexuality) homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
Synonyms: homophile queer
Related terms: homosexual
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"

Related terms: joyous
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
Synonyms: homosexual homo
Related terms: person lesbian gay_man
Similar spelling:   Gaye