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gayly

[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/
adverb
1.

gaily

or gayly

[gey-lee] /ˈgeɪ li/
adverb
1.
with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
2.
with showiness; showily.
Origin of gaily
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see gay, -ly
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  • "That's all right," she said gayly, as she pushed the chair away from the steps.

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  • "I don't hear her at all now—that Duty person," he said, gayly.

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  • The party as a whole was a great success, and passed off gayly.

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  • "Well, it may be a pretty safe general rule not to discuss your husband with your women friends," Julia said gayly.

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  • When they were parting after breakfast, Monsignor said gayly.

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

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  • "Ah, you will go converting before your time," he said gayly.

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

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  • "All right, Mrs. Jones; I will profit by your suggestion," answered Fred, gayly.

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British Dictionary definitions for gayly

gaily

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

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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