Definition of gay adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪ//
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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? He is openly gay. opposite straight
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with people who are gay a gay club/bar the lesbian and gay community the gay and lesbian section in the bookstore
  3. 3[not before noun] (slang, disapproving, offensive) (used especially by young people) boring and not fashionable or attractive She didn't like the ringtone—said it was gay. That is so gay! He likes skiing but thinks snowboarding is gay.
  4. 4(gayer, gayest) (old-fashioned) happy and full of fun gay laughter She felt lighthearted and gay.
  5. 5(old-fashioned) brightly coloured The garden was gay with red geraniums.
  6. see also gaiety, gaily
    Word OriginMiddle English (in sense (4)): from Old French gai, of unknown origin.Idioms without thinking about the results or effects of a particular action
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gay