gay裡gay氣

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Chinese[edit]

gay inside gay gas; air; smell
trad. (gay裡gay氣/gay裏gay氣) gay / gay
simp. (gay里gay气) gay gay

Etymology[edit]

Applying English gay in the general pejorative construction ……裡……氣……里……气 (...lǐ...qì), which was originally the …………/………… (...lǐ...)-augmented reduplication of disyllabic adjectives ending in (, “manner; air”); cf. the following examples:

(guài, “strange”) 怪氣怪气 (“weird”) 怪裡怪氣怪里怪气 (guàiliguàiqì, “weird”)
(shǎ, “foolish”) 傻氣傻气 (shǎqì, “silly”) 傻裡傻氣傻里傻气 (shǎlishǎqì, “looking stupid”)
(, “rustic”) 土氣土气 (tǔqì, “rustic”) 土裡土氣土里土气 (tǔlitǔqì, “looking unsophisticated”)
(liú, “idling”) 流氣流气 (liúqì, “rascally”) 流裡流氣流里流气 (“hooligan-like”)

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Adjective[edit]

gay裡gay氣

  1. (neologism, slang, humorous or derogatory) gay-acting; gay-looking