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Shays

[sheyz]
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noun
  1. Daniel,1747–1825, American Revolutionary War soldier: leader of a popular insurrection (Shays' Rebellion) in Massachusetts 1786–87.

shay

[shey]
noun Chiefly Dialect.
  1. a chaise.

Origin of shay

1710–20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural)
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Shays

noun
  1. Daniel. ?1747–1825, American soldier and revolutionary leader of a rebellion of Massachusetts farmers against the US government (1786–87)

shay

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 shays

shay

n.

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

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