- Characterised or marked by gaiety; cheerful; gladsome.
- 1900, Rixford Joseph Lincoln, Poems and Short Stories:
- The very emperor his throne did grace to-day, Why, never was a crowd in such a gaysome mood.
- 2003, Evan Hunter, The Chisholms, page 60:
- Minerva suspected he'd been flirting with her on the trip through the Falls, suspected she'd been flirting back a bit — but only the way she did when there was a barn-raising or a baptism, and everyone was feeling gaysome.
- 2015, Sandra Dallas, A Quilt for Christmas:
- “I never cared about the Union. Nor the South, neither, if you want to know the truth of it. I just wanted to get off the farm, and I had me a gaysome time of it. [...]”
- (Can we find and add a quotation of The Mirror for Magistrates to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gaysome in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)