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aye1

[ahy]
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adverb
  1. yes.
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noun
  1. an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
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Also ay.

Origin of aye1

First recorded in 1570–80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin
Can be confusedaye eye I
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aye1

ay

sentence substitute
  1. yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
  2. aye aye
    1. an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
    2. Britishan expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
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noun
    1. a person who votes in the affirmative
    2. an affirmative vote
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Word Origin

C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

aye2

adverb
  1. Scot always; still
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Word Origin

Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always
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Word Origin and History for ayes

aye

interj.

"assent," 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of I, meaning "I assent;" or an alteration of Middle English yai "yes" (see yea), or from aye (adv.) "always, ever."

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aye

adv.

"always, ever," c.1200, from Old Norse ei "ever" (cognate with Old English a "always, ever"), from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Greek aion "age, eternity," Latin aevum "space of time;" see eon).

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