Origin of cay
< Spanish cayo;
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Historical Examples of cay
Well, Jack, I reckon we cayn't take Dinsmore in to be hanged.
We cayn't let him go back there and take our medicine for us.
We went over every inch of the Cay and theres not a living soul on it.
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!
British Dictionary definitions for cay
a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean areaAlso called: key
Word Origin for cay
C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quai quay
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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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