- a small low island; key.
Origin of cay
1700–10; < Spanish cayo; see key2
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Examples from the Web for cay
Well, Jack, I reckon we cayn't take Dinsmore in to be hanged.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
We cayn't let him go back there and take our medicine for us.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
We went over every inch of the Cay and theres not a living soul on it.The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
To the end of the world, and over the edge—I cayn't help that.
I cayn't oppress Jim in them things—I'd get so tame and weak he'd sit on my haid!
- a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean areaAlso called: key
C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quai quay
Word Origin and History for cay
"low island," 1707, from Spanish cayo; see key (n.2).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand. Also called key
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