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[ ey ]
/ eɪ /
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Definition of ay

adverb Archaic.
ever; always.
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Origin of ay

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

Other definitions for ay (2 of 2)

ay2
[ ey ]
/ eɪ /

interjection Archaic.
(used to express regret or sorrow.)

Origin of ay

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Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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British Dictionary definitions for ay (1 of 3)

ay1
/ () /

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)

ay2

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)

ay3
/ () /

sentence substitute, noun
a variant spelling of aye 1
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