Gay

Adjective

  • (loosely, of a person, especially a man) Exhibiting appearance or behavior that accords with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
  • (dated) Happy, joyful, and lively.
  • (of a person or animal, especially a man) Possessing sexual and emotional attraction towards members of the same gender or sex.
  • (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Being between two people of the same gender or the same sex; especially, being between two men.

    "gay sex, gay acts"

  • (loosely, of appearance or behavior) Being in accordance with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
  • Homosexual:
  • (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Being between two people of the same gender or the same sex; especially, being between two men.

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

  • In accordance with stereotypes of homosexual people:
  • (of a dog's tail) Upright or curved over the back.
  • (dated) Festive, bright, or colourful.

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

  • (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Being between two people of the same gender or the same sex; especially, being between two men.

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

  • (of an institution or group) Intended for gay people, especially gay men.

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

Noun

  • (obsolete) An ornament.
  • (chiefly in plural or attributive) A homosexual, especially a male homosexual; see also lesbian.

Verb

  • (uncommon) To cause (an issue, especially AIDS) to be associated with gay people. [popularized in the 1990s]
  • (dated, uncommon) To make happy or cheerful. [since at least the 1920s]

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