ay

1
[ey]
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adverb Archaic.

ever; always.

Also aye.

Origin of ay

1
1150–1200; Middle English ei, ai < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ei, cognate with Old English ā ever

ay

2
[ey]

interjection Archaic.

(used to express regret or sorrow.)

Origin of ay

2
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

ay

3
[ahy]

adverb, noun

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ay

1

adverb

archaic, poetic ever; always

Word Origin for ay

C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English ā always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aiōn

ay

2

aye

interjection

archaic, poetic an expression of misery or surprise

Word Origin for ay

C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise

ay

3

sentence substitute, noun

a variant spelling of aye 1
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Word Origin and History for ay

see aye.

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