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shay

[shey] /ʃeɪ/
noun, Chiefly Dialect.
1.
a chaise.
Origin of shay
1710-1720
1710-20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural)
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  • Even if I do shay sho, you ought to be polite enough to shay "After you, mashter."

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Firsht they shay it won't be conshidered, then they shay it will be conshidered.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Th' other shay, your honour, that I never see at all, good or bad—only Pether.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • He tumbled off his horses, dhrunk: and where's the shay, I wondher?

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • "My hussam tol' you to shay that," said she, shaking her finger at him.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for shay

shay

/ʃeɪ/
noun
1.
a dialect word for chaise
Word Origin
C18: back formation from chaise, mistakenly thought to be plural
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Word Origin and History for shay
n.

1717, back-formation from chaise (q.v.), wrangled into English and mistaken for a plural.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shay

shay

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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