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gaily

[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/
adverb
1.
with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
2.
with showiness; showily.
Also, gayly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see gay, -ly
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  • When they tire of singing they stand up and dance gaily in a ring till evening.
  • What was larger and droller than life has been puffed up and gaily tinted without being blown apart.
  • It cackles gaily as it impales the century upon its jokes.
  • Sixteen large steamers anchored offshore and were gaily decorated with streamers.
  • Immediately after inserting material into the nest, the wren would fly to the nearest branch and gaily sing.
British Dictionary definitions for gaily

gaily

/ˈɡeɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a lively manner; cheerfully
2.
with bright colours; showily
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Word Origin and History for gaily
adj.

also gayly, late 14c., from Middle English gai (see gay) + -ly (2). "The spelling gaily is the more common, and is supported by the only existing analogy, that of daily" [OED].

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