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Bright vs. Gay

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Brightadjective

Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark.

‘Could you please dim the light? It's far too bright.’;

Gayadjective

Happy, joyful, and lively.

‘The Gay Science’;

Brightadjective

Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.

‘He's very bright. He was able to solve the problem without my help.’;

Gayadjective

Festive, bright, or colourful.

‘Pennsylvania Dutch include the plain folk and the gay folk.’;

Brightadjective

Vivid, colourful, brilliant.

‘The orange and blue walls of the sitting room were much brighter than the dull grey walls of the kitchen.’;

Gayadjective

(obsolete) Sexually promiscuous (of either gender).

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Brightadjective

Happy, in spirits.

‘I woke up today feeling so bright that I decided to have a little dance.’;

Gayadjective

Homosexual:

Brightadjective

Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; cheerful.

Gayadjective

(of a person or animal, especially a man) Possessing sexual and emotional attraction towards members of the same gender or sex.

‘Gay marriage, though legal here, is still very controversial.’; ‘gay sex’; ‘gay acts’;

Brightadjective

Illustrious; glorious.

Gayadjective

(of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Being between two or more people of the same gender or the same sex, especially between two men.

‘Although the number of gay weddings has increased significantly, many gay and lesbian couples — like many straight couples — are not interested in getting married.’;

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Brightadjective

Clear; transparent.

Gayadjective

(of an institution or group) Intended for gay people, especially gay men.

‘She professes an undying love for gay bars and gay movies, and even admits to having watched gay porn.’;

Brightadjective

(archaic) Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.

Gayadjective

In accordance with stereotypes of homosexual people:

Brightnoun

An artist's brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.

Gayadjective

A pejorative:

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Brightnoun

(obsolete) splendour; brightness

Gayadjective

Effeminate or flamboyant in behavior.

Brightnoun

(neologism) A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.

Gayadjective

Used to express dislike: lame, uncool, stupid.

‘This game is gay; let’s play a different one.’;

Brightnoun

The high-beam intensity of motor vehicle headlamps.

‘Your brights are on.’;

Gayadjective

(of a dog's tail) Upright or curved over the back.

Brightverb

See Brite, v. i.

Gaynoun

A homosexual, especially a male homosexual; see also lesbian.

Brightadjective

Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark.

‘The sun was bright o'erhead.’; ‘The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright.’; ‘The public places were as bright as at noonday.’;

Gaynoun

(obsolete) An ornament.

Brightadjective

Transmitting light; clear; transparent.

‘From the brightest winesHe 'd turn abhorrent.’;

Gaynoun

The letter —, which stands for the sound lang=en, in Pitman shorthand.

Brightadjective

Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty.

‘Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky.’;

Gayverb

To make happy or cheerful.

Brightadjective

Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.

Gayverb

To cause (something, e.g. AIDS) to be associated with homosexual people.

Brightadjective

Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery.

‘Be bright and jovial among your guests.’;

Gayadjective

Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.

‘Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay.’; ‘Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed.’;

Brightadjective

Illustrious; glorious.

‘In the brightest annals of a female reign.’;

Gayadjective

Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed.

‘Why is my neighbor's wife so gay?’; ‘A bevy of fair women, richly gayIn gems and wanton dress!’;

Brightadjective

Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.

‘That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on.’;

Gayadjective

Loose; dissipated; lewd.

Brightadjective

Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance.

‘Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew.’;

Gaynoun

An ornament

Brightnoun

Splendor; brightness.

‘Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear.’;

Gaynoun

someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

Brightadverb

Brightly.

‘I say it is the moon that shines so bright.’;

Gayadjective

bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer;

‘a cheery hello’; ‘a gay sunny room’; ‘a sunny smile’;

Brightadjective

emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts;

‘the sun was bright and hot’; ‘a bright sunlit room’;

Gayadjective

full of or showing high-spirited merriment;

‘when hearts were young and gay’; ‘a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company’; ‘the jolly crowd at the reunion’; ‘jolly old Saint Nick’; ‘a jovial old gentleman’; ‘have a merry Christmas’; ‘peals of merry laughter’; ‘a mirthful laugh’;

Brightadjective

having striking color;

‘bright greens’; ‘brilliant tapestries’; ‘a bird with vivid plumage’;

Gayadjective

given to social pleasures often including dissipation;

‘led a gay Bohemian life’; ‘a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies’;

Brightadjective

characterized by quickness and ease in learning;

‘some children are brighter in one subject than another’; ‘smart children talk earlier than the average’;

Gayadjective

brightly colored and showy;

‘girls decked out in brave new dresses’; ‘brave banners flying’; ‘`braw' is a Scottish word’; ‘a dress a bit too gay for her years’; ‘birds with gay plumage’;

Brightadjective

having lots of light either natural or artificial;

‘the room was bright and airy’; ‘a stage bright with spotlights’;

Gayadjective

offering fun and gaiety;

‘a gala ball after the inauguration’; ‘a festive (or festal) occasion’; ‘gay and exciting night life’; ‘a merry evening’;

Brightadjective

made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow;

‘bright silver candlesticks’; ‘a burnished brass knocker’; ‘she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves’; ‘rows of shining glasses’; ‘shiny black patents’;

Gayadjective

homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Brightadjective

splendid;

‘the bright stars of stage and screen’; ‘a bright moment in history’; ‘the bright pageantry of court’;

Gayadjective

(of a person) homosexual (used especially of a man)

‘the city's gay and lesbian people’; ‘a gay couple’; ‘my friend is gay’;

Brightadjective

not made dim or less bright;

‘undimmed headlights’; ‘surprisingly the curtain started to rise while the houselights were still undimmed’;

Gayadjective

relating to or used by homosexuals

‘a gay bar’; ‘the gay vote can decide an election’;

Brightadjective

clear and sharp and ringing;

‘the bright sound of the trumpet section’; ‘the brilliant sound of the trumpets’;

Gayadjective

light-hearted and carefree

‘Nan had a gay disposition and a very pretty face’;

Brightadjective

characterized by happiness or gladness;

‘bright faces’; ‘all the world seems bright and gay’;

Gayadjective

brightly coloured; showy

‘a gay profusion of purple and pink sweet peas’;

Brightadjective

abounding with sunlight;

‘a bright sunny day’; ‘one shining norming’; ‘when it is warm and shiny’;

Gayadjective

foolish, stupid, or unimpressive

‘he thinks the obsession with celebrity is totally gay’;

Brightadjective

full or promise;

‘had a bright future in publishing’; ‘the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career’;

Gaynoun

a homosexual, especially a man.

Brightadverb

with brightness;

‘the stars shone brilliantly’; ‘the windows glowed jewel bright’;

Gay

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term originally meant 'carefree', 'cheerful', or 'bright and showy'.While scant usage referring to male homosexuality dates to the late 19th century, that meaning became increasingly common by the mid-20th century.

Brightadjective

giving out or reflecting much light; shining

‘the sun was dazzlingly bright’; ‘her bright, dark eyes’;

Brightadjective

full of light

‘the rooms are bright and spacious’;

Brightadjective

(of a period of time) having sunny, cloudless weather

‘the long, bright days of June’;

Brightadjective

(of colour) vivid and bold

‘the bright green leaves’;

Brightadjective

having a vivid colour

‘a bright tie’;

Brightadjective

intelligent and quick-witted

‘a bright young journalist’; ‘a bright idea’;

Brightadjective

cheerful and lively

‘she gave a bright smile’; ‘at breakfast she would be persistently bright and chirpy’;

Brightadjective

(of someone's future) likely to be successful and happy

‘these young people have a bright future ahead of them’;

Brightadjective

(of sound) clear, vibrant, and typically high-pitched

‘her voice is fresh and bright’;

Brightadverb

brightly

‘a full moon shining bright’;

Brightnoun

bold and vivid colours

‘a choice of colours from pastels through to brights’;

Brightnoun

headlights switched to full beam

‘he turned the brights on and we drove along the dirt road’;

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