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ay1

[ey] /eɪ/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
ever; always.
Also, aye.
Origin of ay1
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English ei, ai < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ei, cognate with Old English ā ever

ay2

[ey] /eɪ/
interjection, Archaic.
1.
(used to express regret or sorrow.)
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50

ay3

[ahy] /aɪ/
adverb, noun
1.
aye1 .
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ay1

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adverb
1.
(archaic, poetic) ever; always
Word Origin
C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English ā always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aiōn

ay2

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interjection
1.
(archaic, poetic) an expression of misery or surprise
Word Origin
C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise

ay3

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sentence substitute, noun
1.
a variant spelling of aye1
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see aye.

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