Meaning of gayness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡeɪnəs/


mass noun
  • 1Homosexuality.

    ‘kids who are comfortable with their gayness’
    • ‘For some time now, men have been moving away from the old stereotype of gayness.’
    • ‘I shouldn't have to defend my gayness in a gay magazine.’
    • ‘From those early years, I remember no signs by which I could have clearly read my gayness or anyone else's.’
    • ‘It was the ideal photo op for those looking to normalize the general public's perception of gayness.’
    • ‘Although much has changed in the past few years as I have accepted my gayness, much remains the same.’
    • ‘We should ask, "Why do you have a problem with gayness?"’
    • ‘It's as though the film is trying to milk his accomplishments without wanting to acknowledge his gayness.’
    • ‘Since the play is never explicit about their gayness, we can only view it as a portrait of early 20th-century repression.’
    • ‘My mother and I discussed my "gayness" when I was in high school; that didn't go well.’
    • ‘I think it's really important to keep the gayness of the show.’
  • 2 dated The state or quality of being light-hearted and carefree.

    ‘the gayness of his voice suddenly departed’
    • ‘Polly's bright gayness of spirit once more flagged as she noted the cloud on her father's face.’
    • ‘One night toward the first of January he bounded up the stairs with more than his usual gayness and grabbed me in his arms.’
    • ‘The smile and her gayness were meant to ease the child out of her distressed mood.’
    • ‘In the Spring all things are happy; gayness and laughing once again descend upon the land and men make merry and dance.’
    • ‘Andreas was thoroughly happy and thoroughly satisfied; his gayness of spirit as he strutted beside Jason testified to this.’
  • 3 dated Brightness of colour; showiness.

    ‘the injured man looked ghastly in contrast to the gayness of his surroundings’
    • ‘Both are among the most beautiful climbing plants for the summer greenhouse, their large clusters of deep yellow flowers giving a gayness to the whole collection.’
    • ‘The green-flowered dress and the garland signify the gayness of the fields.’
    • ‘She was alone, so far, in her large Louis XVI drawing room, the bronzes and brocades of which had a bright gayness.’
    • ‘They are more affected by the pleasure which they receive from the variety and gayness of the colours, than by their admiration for the design of the picture.’
    • ‘The variegated colours of the different uniforms contributed greatly to the gayness of the scene, and mixed well with the bright hues and delicate tints of the ladies' dresses.’