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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gaynesse, equivalent to gay +‎ -ness.

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gayness (usually uncountable, plural gaynesses)

  1. (rare, dated, countable) The state of being gay (cheerful).
  2. (uncountable) The state of being gay (homosexual).
    • 1999, John Corvino, Same Sex, page 185:
      Were there gay people in the ancient world, or is gayness a uniquely modern category?
    • 2015, E. Reltso, Our Sex Saturated Society
      Their goal was to compel open legal recognition of their beliefs about sex and gayness as being the law in the United States.

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  • gaiety: The state of being gay (in the sense of "happy").

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