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or gayly

[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/
with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
with showiness; showily.
Origin of gaily
1350-1400; Middle English; see gay, -ly Unabridged
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  • "Old Bishop Berkeley would give a nonexistent dime to your nonexistent presence," Anders said gaily.

    Warm Robert Sheckley
  • "Brighten your lovely features with a smile, Katherine me dear," she said gaily.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "I knew there was something the matter with me," she said gaily.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "The red rose for the Elphbergs, Marshal," said I gaily, and he nodded.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Across the street was her gaily lighted cottage, where all the guests were waiting.

  • But he proceeded so gaily and which such a smile that she never thought of being offended.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Prince Andrew gaily bore with his father's ridicule of the new men, and drew him on and listened to him with evident pleasure.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for gaily


in a lively manner; cheerfully
with bright colours; showily
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Word Origin and History for gaily

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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