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Synonyms of gay in English:


  • 1 an organization for gay youngsters
    homosexual, lesbian, sapphic, lesbigay, GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered)
    rarehomophile, Uranian
    informalpink, lavender, camp, lezzy, les, lesbo, butch, dykey
    informal, , derogatoryqueer, limp-wristed, that way, swinging the other way, homo
    British informal, , derogatorybent, poofy
    North American informal, , derogatoryfruity
    [Antonyms] heterosexual, straight
  • 2 dated her children all looked chubby and gay
    cheerful, cheery, merry, jolly, light-hearted, mirthful, jovial, glad, happy, bright, in good spirits, in high spirits, joyful, elated, exuberant, animated, lively, sprightly, vivacious, buoyant, bouncy, bubbly, perky, effervescent, playful, frolicsome
    informalchirpy, on top of the world, as happy as a sandboy
    North American informalas happy as a clam
    [Antonyms] gloomy
  • 3 dated they were having a gay old time
    jolly, merry, convivial, hilarious, amusing, uproarious, rollicking, entertaining, enjoyable;
    [Antonyms] dull
  • 4 dated the windows sported gay checked curtains
    bright, brightly coloured, vivid, brilliant, rich, vibrant;
    richly coloured, many-coloured, multicoloured;
    flamboyant, gaudy
    [Antonyms] drab
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  • in Denmark gays can marry in church
    homosexual, lesbian, gay person, lesbigay
    informalqueen, friend of Dorothy, dyke, les, lesbo, lezzie, butch, femme
    informal, , derogatoryqueer, homo, pansy, nancy, bumboy, nelly
    British informal, , derogatorypoof, poofter, ponce, jessie, woofter, shirtlifter, bender
    North American informal, , derogatorycupcake, swish, twinkie
    Australian informalwonk
    South African informal, , derogatorymoffie
    West Indian informal, , derogatorybatty boy, batty man
    [Antonyms] heterosexual, straight
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    Gay meaning ‘homosexual’ became established in the 1960s as the term preferred by homosexual men. It is now the standard accepted term throughout the English-speaking world. As a result, the centuries-old other senses of gay meaning either ‘carefree’ or ‘bright and showy’ have more or less dropped out of natural use. The word gay cannot be readily used today in these older senses without double entendre, despite attempts to keep them alive.Gay in its modern sense typically refers to men (lesbian being the standard term for homosexual women) but in some contexts it can be used of both men and women.

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