originally meant: happy, excited, merry, exuberant, etc.

Now it is:
1) referring to members of the homosexual community

2) used to refer to something that is annoying, stupid, unfortunate, or altogether unwanted.

Controversy:

-Use number two has led to a political correctness backlash against this use, I see nothing wrong with this use it is just a word, and people have their first amendment right to use it, but political correctness activists do not see it that way.

-Another issue that has arisen out of use #2 is the accusations that the people that use the word gay, are closet homosexuals, trying to distance themselves by making themselves seem more masculine. I do not agree with this; once again this is just a word, a slang term like cool or hella.
example (orig use): The birds songs in spring are gay, and lively.

1) He is a hair stylist, lives in San Francisco, and loves Broadway musicals, he's gay.

2) We have a pop quiz today? That is so gay!
by ~~Politalk427~~ February 02, 2010
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1. jovial or happy, good-spirited

2. a homosexual male or female

3. often used to describe something stupid or unfortunate. originating from homophobia. quite preferable among many teenage males in order to buff up their "masculinity"
1. "We'll have a gay old time."

2. "You DO know he's gay. Notice his homoerotic pornography collection."

3. "Man, these seats are gay. I can't even see what's going on!"
by anonymous January 02, 2004
1. Happy.
2. Homosexual.
3. A generic insult.
1. You are gay.
2. You are gay.
3. You are gay.

Hee hee hee ^.^
by Cortana Dragoon July 13, 2005
happy. joyful. gleeful.
'we'll have a gay old time'.
-The Flinstone's theme song
by bedrock December 22, 2003
A type of squirrel that lives in Latin America.
"Look at that gay scampering across the way!"
by kynkearsamb June 19, 2009
Not a Homosexual or somehing that you find stupid, dumb, idiotic, pointless, and or annoying.
It is simply a term to describe a happy mood or expression.
I hope you have a gay ol' time tonight at the party.
by Tyler Turner March 22, 2008
1.The dictionary definition is happy. However, this is archaic and few people use it any more except in the phrase gay old time.

2.Homosexual, especially homosexual males but can be used for lesbians as well.

3.A generic insult. It can mean bad, stupid, whatever you want it to mean.

My Opinion:

Don't say that something is gay as an insult. I find this highly immature, mostly because it is often used when people can't think of a proper insult even when there is nothing homosexual about whatever they're insulting.
1.Jeremy was in a gay mood after getting an A on his test.

2.The people in The Village People are gay.

3."That is such a gay shirt,"remarked Robby.
by Newbia May 30, 2004
Gay means being happy, cheerfull or colourfull.
Tim: Hey, bryan, how are you today?

Bryan: Very gay ;)
by woopsy goggles November 03, 2007

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