ay

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[ey]
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adverb Archaic.

ever; always.

Nearby words

  1. axoplasm,
  2. axoplasmic transport,
  3. axosomatic,
  4. axseed,
  5. axum,
  6. ayacucho,
  7. ayah,
  8. ayahuasca,
  9. ayala, pedro lópez de,
  10. ayana

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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British Dictionary definitions for ay

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

interjection

archaic, poetic an expression of misery or surprise

Word Origin for ay

C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise

sentence substitute, noun

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

ay

see aye.

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