One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there was unusual gaiety in her manner’
cheerfulness, cheer, light-heartedness, merriment, glee, gladness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, delight, pleasure, high spirits, good spirits, good humour, jollity, jolliness, hilarity, mirth, joviality, exuberance, elation, exultation, euphoria, jubilation
liveliness, vivacity, animation, effervescence, levity, buoyancy, sprightliness, zest, zestfulness
joie de vivre
informal chirpiness, bounce, pep, zing
literary gladsomeness, blitheness, blithesomeness
2‘the hotel restaurant was a scene of gaiety’
merrymaking, festivity, fun, fun and games, frolics, revels, revelry, jollification, celebration, rejoicing, pleasure
informal living it up, larking about
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