Definition of gayness in US English:

gayness

noun

  • 1Homosexuality.

    ‘kids who are comfortable with their gayness’
    • ‘I shouldn't have to defend my gayness in a gay magazine.’
    • ‘Although much has changed in the past few years as I have accepted my gayness, much remains the same.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For some time now, men have been moving away from the old stereotype of gayness.’
    • ‘It was the ideal photo op for those looking to normalize the general public's perception of gayness.’
    • ‘We should ask, "Why do you have a problem with gayness?"’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From those early years, I remember no signs by which I could have clearly read my gayness or anyone else's.’
  • 2dated The state or quality of being light-hearted and carefree.

    ‘the gayness of his voice suddenly departed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One night toward the first of January he bounded up the stairs with more than his usual gayness and grabbed me in his arms.’
    • ‘Polly's bright gayness of spirit once more flagged as she noted the cloud on her father's face.’
    • ‘The smile and her gayness were meant to ease the child out of her distressed mood.’
  • 3dated Brightness of color; 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.’
    • ‘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 green-flowered dress and the garland signify the gayness of the fields.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

gayness

/ˈɡeɪnəs//ˈɡānəs/