- a chaise.
Origin of shay
1710–20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural)
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Examples from the Web for shay
That tweet came from Shay Horse, whose bio lists him as an independent photojournalist with ties to Occupy Wall Street.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Current Education Minister Shay Piron (Yesh Atid) says students should not be "required" to visit certain sites.Israel Attorney General To Chief Rabbi Hopeful: Explain Your Racism
July 12, 2013
The cover of Seventeen features a Filipino-Spanish-Irish actress named Shay Mitchell.The War on ‘Teen Vogue’: Young Readers Escalate Campaign for More ‘Real Girls’
July 18, 2012
The explosion of traffic on his Shay story suggested that the incident had galvanized opinion left and right.Introducing Beast Books
January 22, 2010
Shay had her defenders preaching party unity on Twitter as well, sending a message to her opponents: You LOST!!Inside the Young GOP's Civil War
July 15, 2009
Firsht they shay it won't be conshidered, then they shay it will be conshidered.
Even if I do shay sho, you ought to be polite enough to shay "After you, mashter."
Th' other shay, your honour, that I never see at all, good or bad—only Pether.
He tumbled off his horses, dhrunk: and where's the shay, I wondher?
"My hussam tol' you to shay that," said she, shaking her finger at him.Anderson Crow, Detective
George Barr McCutcheon
- a dialect word for chaise
C18: back formation from chaise, mistakenly thought to be plural
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Word Origin and History for shay
1717, back-formation from chaise (q.v.), wrangled into English and mistaken for a plural.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper