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Gay

John. 1685--1732, English poet and dramatist; author of The Beggar's Opera (1728)
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gaily coloured towers Rise up like rainbow clouds, and many gentle And beautiful Immortals pass their days in peace,
Then in came Allan-a-Dale, decked out gaily, with Will Scarlet for best man.
So Little John clambered awkwardly into the quire, his short gown fluttering gaily; and he called the banns for the marriage of the maid and Allan-a-Dale once, twice, and thrice.
Not so gaily, however, but that tears filled her eyes as he went away down the dark street.
"William," said I gaily, "coffee, cigarette, and cherry brandy."
Whatever other people might have thought of the result it satisfied Anne, and she tripped gaily down the road, holding her ruddy head with its decoration of pink and yellow very proudly.
In the porch she found a crowd of little girls, all more or less gaily attired in whites and blues and pinks, and all staring with curious eyes at this stranger in their midst, with her extraordinary head adornment.
A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily. "My poor Utterson," said he, "you are unfortunate in such a client.
In addition, a large number of people must have walked, in spite of the heat of the day, from Woking and Chertsey, so that there was altogether quite a considerable crowd--one or two gaily dressed ladies among the others.
In a moment the men came running gaily from their campfires and began loading.
On Thursday night, Big Brother held a speed-dating evening in the Love Loft - an event which inspired even house-mates who hated each other to frolic gaily, flirt outrageously and snog voraciously.
Many people gaily described themselves as light to moderate drinkers when they are, in fact, anything but.