(noun, adjective, verb)


1. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

- a gay sunny room

Similar word(s): cheerful, cheery, sunny

2. full of happiness; high-spirited.

- when hearts were young and gay

- a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company

Similar word(s): joyous, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful

3. given to social pleasures often including dissipation

- led a gay Bohemian life

- a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies

Similar word(s): indulgent

4. brightly colored and showy

- a dress a bit too gay for her years

- birds with gay plumage

Similar word(s): colorful, colourful, brave, braw

5. offering fun and gaiety

- gay and exciting night life

Similar word(s): joyous, festal, festive, merry

6. a person who is attracted to members of the same sex.

Similar word(s): homosexual, homophile

Sentences with gay as an adjective:

- Pennsylvania Dutch include the plain folk and the gay folk.

- Gay marriage, though legal here, is still very controversial.

- Although the number of gay weddings has increased significantly, many gay and lesbian couples — like many straight couples — are not interested in getting married.

- gay sex, gay acts

- She professes an undying love for gay bars and gay movies, and even admits to having watched gay porn.


1. someone who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex

Similar word(s): homophile, homosexual

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul


1. (dated, uncommon) To make happy or cheerful. [since at least the 1920s]

2. (uncommon) To cause (an issue, especially AIDS) to be associated with gay people. [popularized in the 1990s]