But Walpole is aways amusing when he gives anecdotes of passing things.
He had aways loved books, and they were now necessary to him.
The man who informed me of this theory had lived there aways.
Whether you do good or do ill, aways do it wholly, not by halves; otherwise you yourself become the dupe.
I aways thought he was pulling my leg, but now blessed if I don't believe him.
A thick growth of bushes lined the lake for aways, and then the footpath seemed to follow right through the undergrowth.
Then I aways to him, and I says, ‘I wish it could have been so, but it can’t.
Dr. Brown aways spoke of men above himself in the social scale as "fine gentlemen."
A man's obleeged to s'arch his best frien's 'fore he kin find out the'r which aways.
"I hope, suh, you won't be sorry you came down this aways," Bob White spoke up.
mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").
It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.
Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.
early 14c. (as a plural, late 14c. as a singular), from Old French de "die, dice," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian dado, Provençal dat, Catalan dau), perhaps from Latin datum "given," past participle of dare (see date (n.1)), which, in addition to "give," had a secondary sense of "to play" (as a chess piece); or else from "what is given" (by chance or Fortune). Sense of "stamping block or tool" first recorded 1690s.
v. died, dy·ing (dī'ĭng), dies
To cease living; become dead; expire.
To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
To desire very strongly: She was dying to become Miss Pancake (1591+)