This means generally homosexual. Usually it is applied to homosexual males, but is sometimes used to refer to homosexual females as well.
A homosexual person, usually a man. Homosexual females are commonly called lesbians.
III. The original definition of gay was 'carefree', 'happy' or 'bright and showy'. It came from the Old French word gai, and arrived in English during the 12th century.
IV. These days 'gay' is, wrongly, used to refer to something (namely an inanimate object, for example a bag) that is unfavourable. Synonyms of this sort include 'sad' and 'lame'. They are all wrong, because an inanimatr object, such as a bag, presumably do not have feelings (sorry, bags, if you do) and therefore they cannot be sad, and this is a ridiculously derived insult. Bags do not have legs either, and thus they cannot be lame. But the supposed 'insult' of 'gay' annoys me most. Firstly because an inanimate object, such as a bag, cannot really be attracted to other things of the same sex. According to humans, as we made them, they do not have genders of their own.
Offensive, rude, and not-to-be-used 'synonyms' include faggot, fag and queer, the latter not being as bad and commonly used by gays themselves - but there are many more worse ones. For lesbians there is dyke, lez and lezzer, but there are probably far worse for these too.
A woman or girl who has many gay male friends is sometimes known as a fag hag.
Gay is not an insult.
I love gay people.
I. Two gay men live happily up the road. :)
II. The gays said they were going clubbing.
III. We'll have a gay old time.
He felt light and gay, and began to dance for joy.
IV. Omg dat's like so gay innit. Faggooot. :(
"Gay is not an insult."
"I love gay people."
Cain - "I just had sex with Marcus."
Alaric - "Good grief, Cain, that makes you gay!"
Cain - "Hell it does, lad."
Alaric - "Well I like you no less. In fact I like you more."
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