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[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/


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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  • When asked if she would like anything, she gayly answered, "Candy, cake and candy."

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • "He is sure he never thought of anything so wild," she said, gayly.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "I don't hear her at all now—that Duty person," he said, gayly.

    Katrine Elinor Macartney Lane
  • "He ees not mourning over the feesh," declared Deschaillon gayly.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • "Well, it may be a pretty safe general rule not to discuss your husband with your women friends," Julia said gayly.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • And then they burst into a hearty laugh, gayly excusing themselves.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • And gayly were the castle and all the houses in the city decked in honor of them.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • "There goes the first dinner-bell, Miss Martin," said Repton, gayly.

  • As this departure, which her niece had just announced so gayly, had never been discussed before her, she was greatly surprised.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • "I'll be as conceited as you like, if you'll stop scolding," she promised, gayly.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
British Dictionary definitions for gayly


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



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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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