1. [late 14C; mid-19C–1920s] of a woman, leading an immoral life, working as a prostitute.
2. [17C–1930s] promiscuous, dissipated; cite 1863 (2) is used of a place.
3. [mid-18C–1920s] slightly drunk, tipsy.
4. [mid-19C–1920s] (also gey) fine, first-rate.
5. [late 19C–1910s] (US, also gey) forward, impertinent, over-familiar; esp. in phr. get gay (with), to be cheeky, impertinent (towards).
6. [1920s+] (orig. US) of sexual orientation, homosexual; thus gayly adv. .
7. [1920s+] of a place, catering for or frequented by homosexuals.
8. [1920s+] of behaviour, mannerisms, feelings, events, social circles etc, homosexual.
9. [1980s+] (orig. US campus) a general pej.; stupid, ugly, eccentric, weak; of a man, lacking in masculinity but not actually homosexual.
[1990s+] (US) an area of a town or city mainly frequented by homosexuals.
Pertaining to female promiscuity or prostitution
see under bit n.1
[1960s] (US gay) a tough, masculine homosexual who expects money or gifts as a reward for sexual favours.
1. [mid-19C] a promiscuous girl or woman.
2. a lesbian.
[18C–1900s] a brothel or a lodging house where the rooms were hired for couples to have intercourse.
[mid–late 19C] a prostitute.
[19C] of a woman, promiscuous.
1. [16C] to commit adultery.
2. [late 19C] to pursue a career as a prostitute.
3. [1930s] to become homosexual.
4. [1940s–60s] (Aus.) to have sexual intercourse.
Pertaining to homosexuality
1. [1960s+] (US Und.) pay-offs and bribes made to police or organized crime to permit the running of gay clubs; also attrib.
2. [1980s+] (US) a homosexual man.
[1980s] a male homosexual.
[1910s+] (US) a male homosexual.
see separate entries.
[1980s+] (US gay) a lesbian.
[1980s+] (gay) the (alleged) sensory perception that lesbians and gays have of detecting other gay people in their midst.
[1970s+] (US gay) a stereotypically effeminate homosexual man.
[1990s+] (US gay) a heterosexual woman who prefers the company of gay men.
[1980s+] an ineffectual individual, thence a homosexual.
[1940s+] a homosexual man who is happy to be fellated or to perform anal intercourse but will not reciprocate by offering his mouth or anus in return.
[1990s+] (US) a general term of abuse, the implication being of homosexuality or lack of masculinity.
SE in slang uses
1. [1940s+] a padded brassiere that accentuates the shape and dimensions of otherwise diminutive female breasts.
2. [1960s] (US gay) a large artificial penis worn beneath the trousers to accentuate one’s apparent sexual allure.
[late 19C] to have a good time.
[mid-19C] a dog-fancier.
see separate entry.
1. [late 19C–1910s] to be aggressive; to behave unpleasantly.
2. [late 19C–1960s] (mainly US) to tease, to provoke, to be flippant.
3. [1900s–50s] to go into action, to get on with things.
4. [1940s] (US drugs) to take drugs, to get intoxicated.
5. to have sex.