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adjective     gay pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    sexually attracted to people of the same sex. This word is mainly used about men.

    Gay men and lesbians were represented in almost equal numbers.

    the gay community

    a gay bar/club/disco

  2. 2
    old-fashioned brightly-coloured or attractive

    The shops were gay with Christmas decorations.

  3. 3
    old-fashioned happy and excited

    She gave a gay laugh.

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  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    an offensive word used especially by young people to describe something that is boring and not at all fashionable or attractive

    Even today, the common schoolyard saying 'That's so gay' is still directed at anything that is stupid, broken or lame.

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 04/01/2016

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noun [uncountable]


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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