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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gay \Gay\ (g[=a]), a. [Compar. Gayer; superl. Gayest.] [F. gai, perhaps fr. OHG. g?hi swift, rapid, G. g[aum]h, j[aum]h, steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. w?hi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay.] [1913 Webster] 1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry. [1913 Webster] Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed. [1913 Webster] Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton dress! --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.] Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly, sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial; joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious. [1913 Webster]