Adjective "gay" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ɡeɪ/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of a person) homosexual (used especially of a man)
  1. 'a gay couple'
  2. 'He would end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals serving in the armed forces.'
  3. 'The pop star hit the headlines a decade ago when he came out as a gay man.'
  4. 'Society is really changing - people are moving along and accepting gay athletes.'
  5. 'In the first of this two-part series, he reflects on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime.'
  6. 'I'm not gay, but I think gay people should be left alone to marry whoever they like.'
  7. 'It's not exactly a secret that she is gay.'
  8. 'Nothing anyone has ever said or done has ever for a moment made me anything less than glad to be gay.'
  9. 'Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective.'
  10. 'the gay vote can decide an election'
  11. 'He was spotted in a gay bar in Washington, DC.'
  12. 'You may find yourself feeling at ease, happy and relaxed by the cheerful non-threatening atmosphere of a gay venue.'
  13. 'It is also home to a thriving, resilient and somewhat embattled, lesbian and gay community, with five gay bars, a gay theatre, and a community centre.'
  14. 'Check out the local phone book for gay bars and gay bookstores.'
  15. 'He goes on to say that the support of the gay community means the world to him.'
  16. 'After finding a gay community on-line, I became much happier.'
Light-hearted and carefree.
  1. 'And she laughed, laughed at how happy, gay, and carefree her tone sounded.'
  2. 'Some people cannot take criticism, and expect everything to always be happy and gay.'
  3. 'The musicians arrived and began to strike up the lively harps, lutes, joyful drums and gay flutes.'
  4. 'So, uh, is the uniform jet black and sombre or colourful and gay?'
  5. 'He was decked out in a bright orange suit with a gay, orange floral tie.'
  6. 'It was quite a sight, after the War and four years of dreary austerity in England, to see girls whirling round the dance floor in pretty full-length evening dresses in gay colours.'
Foolish, stupid, or unimpressive.

    noun

    A homosexual, especially a man.
    1. 'My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life.'
    2. 'There hasn't been a time in modern history when gays haven't been persecuted.'
    3. 'The commission suspects hate crimes against gays, lesbians, and transgender people are under-reported.'
    4. 'Discrimination against lesbians and gays in other areas of life is also commonplace.'
    5. 'She began by telling her parents that she was planning a documentary film on gays and lesbians in India.'
    6. 'Black gays and lesbians often experience discrimination because of their race and their sexual orientation.'

    Definitions

    1. of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex; homosexual: a gay couple.Antonyms: straight.

    2. of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.

    3. Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive. awkward, stupid, or bad; lame: This game is boring and really, really gay.

    4. Slang. inappropriately forward or bold; overly familiar; reckless: George got gay at the Chri

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be gay in lives."

    "people can be gay at moments."

    "kinds can be gay in sensibilities."

    "types can be gay as families."

    "shops can be gay with lights."

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    Origin

    Middle English (in gay (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Old French gai, of unknown origin.