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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 community

gay adjective (HAPPY)

old-fashioned happy: We had a gay old time down at the dance hall. old-fashioned If a place is gay, it is bright and attractive: The streets were gay and full of people.

gay adjective (BAD QUALITY)

slang offensive not good, reasonable, or suitable
gayness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡeɪ.nəs/ us  

gay

noun [C] uk   /ɡeɪ/ us  
a gay person, especially a man
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