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Gay appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Boxers had zap of gay jock love, quit women. (Each consonant used only once; 34 letters)
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Gay appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Deny a god, O gay Ned?
  • My gay bed: ample help made by a gym.
  • "Deer gay men eye fall!" a fey enemy agreed.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun gay:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective gay:


The word gay is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective gay

What does gay mean as an attribute of a noun?

Gay is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: gayer | gayest

  1. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
  2. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  3. given to social pleasures often including dissipation
    • examples: led a gay Bohemian life | a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies
    • similar: indulgent
  4. brightly colored and showy
  5. offering fun and gaiety
  6. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Alternative definition of the adjective gay


  1. [dated] Happy, joyful, and lively.
  2. [dated] Festive, bright, or colourful.
  3. [context: of a person, especially a man] Homosexual: preferring romantic or sexual partners of the same gender or the same sex.
  4. [context: of a romantic relationship or pairing] Homosexual: being between two people of the same gender or the same sex; especially, being between two men.
  5. [context: of an institution or group] Homosexual: intended for gay people, especially gay men.
  6. [context: loosely, of appearance or behavior] Homosexual: being in accordance with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
  7. [context: loosely, of a person, especially a man] Homosexual: exhibiting appearance or behavior that accords with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
  8. [slang, pejorative] Effeminate or flamboyant in behavior.
  9. [slang, pejorative] [Used to express dislike]: lame, uncool, stupid.
  10. [context: of a dog's tail] Upright or curved over the back.

Definition of the noun gay

What does gay mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gays

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


  1. Gay is a town in Orenburg Oblast, Russia, located 230 kilometers east of Orenburg. Population: 38,301; 41,621; 41,668.
  2. Gay is a town in Meriwether County, Georgia, United States. The population was 89 at the 2010 census.
  3. Gay is an unincorporated community in Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is 12 miles from Lake Linden on Copper Island at the western end of the Upper Peninsula. Local government is provided by Sherman Township. As of 2000, its population is 60.
  4. Gay a.k.a. Gaya Airport, also known as Bodhgaya Airport, is a public airport serving Gaya, Bihar, India. This airport is 5 kilometres away from the temple city of Bodhgaya which is Gautama Buddha's place of enlightenment. It is the second busiest airport in Bihar after Patna.
  5. Gay is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, West Virginia, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office and a community center, as well as several churches.

There are other places with in their name, like GAY'S, Fort Gay, Gay Hill, Gay Street, Ugny-le-Gay, Alexandrov Gay, Gay Dolphin Gift Cove and Mount Gay Rum Refinery.


Who is Gay?

Gay a.k.a. Gay Haldeman is the wife of Joe Haldeman.


  1. Gay is a fictional character from the 1952 film The Greatest Show on Earth.
  2. Gay is a fictional character from the 1975 film Switchblade Sisters.
  3. Gay is a fictional character from the 1998 film The General.

There are other characters with in their name, like Gay Dad, Gay guy, Gay Man, Gay Ghost, Gay Robot, Gay Scott, Gay Woman, Big Gay Al, The Gay Ambassador, Jezelle Gay Hartman.


  1. "Gay" a.k.a. "Gay?" is a 1996 EP released by 12 Rods, their first release on a label. It is notable for receiving a very rare 10.0 rating from Pitchfork Media upon its release, being one of the few albums to ever have done so.
  2. "Gay" a.k.a. "...Gay!" is a musical album of Boris the Sprinkler.
    • released in (16 years ago)


"Gay" is a film.


  1. Gay is a breed temperament.
  2. Gay a.k.a. Gayo Language: Gayo is the spoken language of some 300,000 people in the mountain region of North Sumatra around Takengon, Gayo Lues, Bener Meriah, Southeast Aceh, Genteng, and Lokop. It is classified as belonging to the Western Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages, but is not closely related to other languages. Ethnologue lists Deret, Lues, Lut, and Serbejadi-Lukup as dialects.
    • also known as Gajo
  3. Gay was Toronto's first gay magazine, published almost simultaneously with ASK Newsletter, together Canada's first gay magazines. The earliest periodical anywhere to use 'Gay' in its title. Produced by four Toronto men in a commercial venture, the Gay Publishing Company, Gay ran serious articles, letters to the editor, a diary, gossip columns, a feature called the "Gabrial Club", poetry, fiction, politics and a discrete personals column. Gay was illustrated, usually with photographs of drag queens, but also including 'physique' photography.
  4. Gay is a website.

Phrases with Gay

Phrases starting with the word Gay:

  1. Gay Up
  2. Gay 90s
  3. Gay bar
  4. Gay Bob
  5. gay dog
  6. gay lib
  7. Gay Sex
  8. Gay-Ass
  9. Gay-You
  10. Gay Bash
  11. Gay bomb
  12. Gay Club
  13. Gay icon
  14. Gay Blade
  15. Gay Games

Phrases ending with the word Gay:

  1. A-GAY
  2. Ex-Gay
  3. I'm Gay
  4. Anti-Gay
  5. Ex-ex-gay

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Gay

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Google previewDoing It Right (2013)

Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex by Bronwen Pardes

They may be right— being gay means being a member of a minority and sometimes facing prejudice. You can help them by offering as much information as possible. And remind them that you're coming out to them because you want to have ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture (2008)

by Luca Prono

since the late 1960s, the Advocate has grown from an underground newsletter into the largest gay and lesbian magazine in the world. It has recorded the developments of the queer community in the United states and worldwide, thus giving ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library History (1994)

by Wayne A. Wiegand, Donald G. Davis

archivists failed to assign appropriate subject headings to personal collections of gays and lesbians. It was general practice to catalog a personal collection without any gay or lesbian subject heading unless a person was a well- known gay or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

Leslie Doty Hollingsworth See also Adoption, Gay and Lesbian; Adoption, Transracial Further Readings Kreider, Rose M. 2003. Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000. Census Special Reports, CENSR-6RV. Washington, DC: U.S. Census ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Legends (2002)

by Jan Harold Brunvand

"The Hook" 199 Gay men are sometimes blamed for crimes and other outrages in urban legends that otherwise have no essential homosexual content. For example, in "The Mutilated Child" story, those who perpetrate the atrocity may be ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present Time (1875)

Franklin to Hall

GAY (B.) The Accomplished Judge ; or, A Compleat Dress for Magistrates. A Sermon...

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Sign language

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Quotes about Gay

I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. (Portia de Rossi)
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Scrabble value of G2A1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of GAY

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