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Definition of gay adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 (of people, especially men) sexually attracted to people of the same sex synonym homosexual gay men I didn't know he was gay. Is she gay? opposite straight
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with people who are gay a gay club/bar the lesbian and gay community
  3. 3[not before noun] (slang) (disapproving) (used especially by young people) boring and not fashionable or attractive That ringtone is so gay!
  4. 4(gayer, gayest) (old-fashioned) happy and full of fun gay laughter She felt lighthearted and gay.
  5. 5(old-fashioned) brightly colored The garden was gay with red geraniums. see also gaiety, gaily
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gay