gaily

gaily
UK [ˈɡeɪlɪ] / US adverb
1) in a happy and lively way

She greeted us gaily with a wave.

2) in a way that shows you do not understand or care how what you do affects other people

James gaily continued to offend everyone with his remarks.

3) with bright attractive colours

gaily lit shop windows


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • gaily — ► ADVERB 1) in a light hearted and cheerful manner. 2) without thinking of the consequences. 3) with a bright appearance …   English terms dictionary

  • gaily — [gā′lē] adv. [ME] in a gay manner; specif., a) happily; merrily; joyously b) brightly; in bright colors …   English World dictionary

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  • gaily — gai|ly [ˈgeıli] adv [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: GAY1] 1.) in a happy way = ↑cheerfully ▪ Morning, Albert, she called gaily. 2.) in a way that shows you do not care about, or do not realize, the effects of your actions ▪ They gaily went on talking… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gaily — adverb 1 in a happy cheerful way: He walked past whistling gaily. 2 in a way that shows you do not care about, or do not realize, the effects of your actions: They gaily went on talking after the film had started. 3 gaily… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gaily — gai|ly [ geıli ] adverb 1. ) in a happy and lively way: She greeted us gaily with a wave. 2. ) in a way that shows you do not understand or care how what you do affects other people: James gaily continued to offend everyone with his remarks. 3. ) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gaily — adv. Gaily is used with these adjectives: ↑coloured Gaily is used with these verbs: ↑decorate, ↑paint …   Collocations dictionary

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