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[tey] /teɪ/
a river flowing through central Scotland into the Firth of Tay. 118 miles (190 km) long.
Firth of, an estuary of the North Sea, off the coast of central Scotland. 25 miles (40 km) long. Unabridged
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  • Dwenty shillings a veek, and meals at the mittle of the Tay.'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Whoever has the ball on Tay has to fling it at one of the two men inside the square.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • “Why, you said the other day there was nothing like Tay,” cried one of the men.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • The beef and mutton must follow; and in future I'm resolved to have my Tay breakfast.

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
  • Bein' an ontrustable fool, an' thinkin' av anything but Tay, I wint.

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • Evidently the Court found pleasure in the fair city on the Tay.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • Terry went into the kitchen, with the news that "masther was awake, and axing for Tay."

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • I have got some Tay ready, sur, and I have toasted a piece of ham rasher.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • I dake off my hat to her any Tay as you can findt in der veek.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • History of the most stirring kind the Tay has known enough of since.

British Dictionary definitions for Tay


an Irish dialect word for tea


Firth of Tay, the estuary of the River Tay on the North Sea coast of Scotland. Length: 40 km (25 miles)
a river in central Scotland, flowing northeast through Loch Tay, then southeast to the Firth of Tay: the longest river in Scotland; noted for salmon fishing. Length: 193 km (120 miles)
Loch Tay, a lake in central Scotland, in Stirling council area. Length: 23 km (14 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Tay


mid-15c., from French teie, from Latin theca, from Greek theke (see theco-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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