ay

1
[ ey ]
/ eɪ /

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

Definition for ay (2 of 3)

ay

2
[ ey ]
/ eɪ /

interjection Archaic.

(used to express regret or sorrow.)

Origin of ay

2
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

Definition for ay (3 of 3)

ay

3
[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /

adverb, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ay (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for ay (2 of 3)

ay

2

aye

/ () /

interjection

archaic, poetic an expression of misery or surprise

Word Origin for ay

C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise

British Dictionary definitions for ay (3 of 3)

ay

3
/ () /

sentence substitute, noun

a variant spelling of aye 1
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