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English definition of “gay”


adjective uk   /ɡeɪ/ us  

gay adjective (SEXUALITY)

B1 sexually attracted to people of the same sex and not to people of the opposite sex: gay rights Mark knew he was gay by the time he was fourteen. the lesbian and gay communityRelating to sexual preference

gay adjective (HAPPY)

old-fashioned happy: We had a gay old time down at the dance hall.Feeling pleasure and happinessTaking pleasure in something old-fashioned If a place is gay, it is bright and attractive: The streets were gay and full of people.AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant

gay adjective (BAD QUALITY)

slang offensive not good, reasonable, or suitableNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡeɪ.nəs/ us  
Relating to sexual preference


noun [C] uk   /ɡeɪ/ us  
a gay person, especially a manRelating to sexual preference
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