Meaning of gaily in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡeɪli/

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  • 1In a cheerful or light-hearted way.

    ‘he waved gaily to the crowd’
    • ‘Behind them trails the Jumbo Queen, feted by her weighty ladies-in-waiting, waving gaily at the crowd.’
    • ‘One early morning at an elementary school bus stop, I gaily waved at the visible faces of our future leaders and innovators, children whose dreams and innocence were yet unscathed by disappointment or grim reality.’
    • ‘I'm flying past cosy cottages with daffodils waving gaily as I zip by.’
    • ‘Christy laughed haughtily, waved gaily at them, then took off again, in case her little taunt had - by any chance - brought on a second wind for them.’
    • ‘Keeping this thought to himself, however, Dev simply grinned and waved gaily.’
    • ‘She sang gaily waving her arms and then rotating her middle as if in a dance.’
    • ‘The tenants were harvesting in the fields, children raced about in wild play and waved gaily when the carriage came in sight.’
    • ‘The ladies sat at the stern of each boat to cheer their rowers on, waving handkerchiefs and laughing gaily at the sport.’
    • ‘He saw us all peering out from the Club and waved gaily to us, like royalty.’
    • ‘Laurel apparently felt them watching her, and she waved to them, smiling gaily.’
    • ‘As Nicholas and Colette gaily threw horseshoes, laughing merrily and cheering the other on, Caroline stood at the back.’
    • ‘‘Sometimes I think we're like the first-class passengers on the Titanic, sailing gaily to our doom with the champagne flowing, the lights blazing and the band playing on,’ Ms Caplin mused.’
    • ‘‘Oh, it is nothing,’ returned Chopin, gaily, ‘We each have our own style.’’
    • ‘The real monster in them, he said later, is the amused narrator, ‘the young foreigner who passed gaily through these scenes of desolation, misinterpreting them to suit his childish fantasy’.’
    • ‘Every one of these special interests have recently received tax loopholes, subsidies and regulatory advantages from Washington, and they want more, which is why they are partying so gaily with the parties.’
    • ‘‘There is no criminality here,’ she said, smiling gaily.’
    • ‘The Cardinal was greeted on arrival 46 years ago by a great concourse of parishioners who had gaily decorated the roads leading to the new church with bunting and scrolls, many of which were Irish.’
    • ‘He was humming this hum to himself, and walking gaily along, wondering what everybody else was doing, and what it felt like, being somebody else, when suddenly he came to a sandy bank, and in the bank was a large hole.’
    • ‘The toilet paper of 1930 was gaily advertised as ‘splinter-free!’’
    • ‘Already provoked with sharp pins on which ribbons flutter gaily, the bull rushes frenziedly out and stands in the middle of the arena, looking confused by the roar of applause.’
    merrily, cheerfully, cheerily, happily, joyfully, joyously, light-heartedly, blithely, jauntily, gleefully, with pleasure
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    1. 1.1Without thinking of the consequences.
      ‘she plunged gaily into speculation on the stock market’
      • ‘We have skipped gaily down the yellow brick road towards 50% participation, without ever asking whether it is a good thing for half the population to possess a university degree.’
      • ‘But why is it some people are the soul of sobriety and never suffer the next day with a hangover, while others can't help behaving badly when the wine is flowing and gaily fling all their inhibitions into the file marked B for bin?’
      • ‘So you won't be hearing from me until then - assuming that I make it out alive and without that cow disease people caught at Glastonbury after gaily flinging wet dirt at each other for the festival's duration.’
      • ‘Only a Christian culture can ‘go gaily in the dark’.’
      • ‘Suddenly, King looked not fashionably late to the party, but awkwardly, disastrously late, swinging gaily through the doors just as the caterers were starting to pack up the crockery.’
      • ‘But no, she gaily turns it down to zero and tells me this might be an opportunity to slip out to town and change the gloves I bought her at Christmas for something not quite as orange and perhaps in an adult size.’
      • ‘How dare our scientists gaily produce such ‘unnatural’ organisms.’
      • ‘You looked forward to parking your car gaily, anywhere, without the hassle of a parking attendant breathing down your back waving a parking slip.’
      • ‘It was this Lord Chancellor, after all, who gaily announced that he had abolished himself, only to discover that the constitution didn't allow him to do so.’
      heedlessly, unthinkingly, thoughtlessly, without thinking, without care, without consideration
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  • 2as submodifier With a bright or attractive appearance.

    ‘gaily coloured sailing boats’
    • ‘Or do you leave it - gaily decorated in bright happy colors - as a shrine to who was lost and a constant lancing reminder?’
    • ‘All the while there is soft or merry music coming from violins, accordions, barrel organsor small orchestras of street musicians, some of them in gaily colored apparel.’
    • ‘People came with their gaily coloured floats and roads were jammed to the extent that for sometime it was doubtful if some of those taking part in the parade would ever get there.’
    • ‘There was a time when every newly independent country yearned for a national airline; it was a rite of passage, that went with the gaily coloured flag and a seat at the UN.’
    • ‘Police officers and soldiers patrolling Athens have decorated the straps of their automatic rifles with gaily coloured ones.’
    • ‘Its gaily coloured lettering made no concessions to tragedy.’
    • ‘The gaily coloured banners and balloons decorating the streets give the impression of an impromptu homecoming party.’
    • ‘The mushroom cloud of a nuclear blast is superimposed on the roughly similar form of a gaily colored beach umbrella and is set next to a blue, cloudlike mass of bubbles escaping from a diver's breathing apparatus.’
    • ‘The people love their cities - the concerts in the park in summer, the grand operas, the canals along the promenade where children sail gaily colored toy boats.’
    • ‘Their gaily colored flowers resembling miniature ballet dancers in multi-colored tutus will sway and nod winsomely toward you.’
    • ‘The range will be covered with gaily colored windflags.’
    • ‘In the centre of the patch of common land there were a stocks, a gallows and a tall gaily coloured pole from which dangled multicoloured strands.’
    • ‘Broken in half, a gaily coloured cloth tied to it fluttered in the mild breeze.’
    • ‘Horses in the wild don't jump over gaily coloured poles - however man has made a sport of show jumping.’
    • ‘While the gaily coloured and richly sugared chocolate eggs that we enjoy are recent in origin, the real egg, decorated with colours or gilt, has been acknowledged as a symbol of continuing life and resurrection since long.’
    • ‘We should don instead gaily coloured ponchos and ban such expressions as ‘when you get to my age’.’
    • ‘Some themes are adopted from the Minoan repertoire - ladies in gaily coloured flounced skirts, acrobatic bull leapers - though they tend to be more stiffly drawn and lack the grace and spontaneity so characteristic of Minoan art.’
    • ‘A day came when she was feeling listless and miserable, and as if in answer to her need, the sight of a gaily coloured open carriage broke her mood like a bubble.’
    • ‘Do they exert any more influence than gaily coloured gold foot-high statues and silver records that can be displayed, proudly, upon a wall?’
    • ‘The following advertisement also appeared in the same edition: The gaily painted caravan of the Irish tinkers is still a common sight on the country roads, the waste lots and outskirts of our cities and towns.’
    brightly, brilliantly, colourfully, flamboyantly
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