Origin of dey
Examples from the Web for dey
Contemporary Examples of dey
Perhaps he holds up a manila folder and declares “I is all done wit me quahtahly repahts boss, and dey is IRIE!”Volkswagen’s Super Bowl Ad an Unfunny Slight to Culture
January 31, 2013
Historical Examples of dey
When it's over, de Marster comes home and dey holds a big celebration.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves.
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Dey all dance crazy and make up funny songs to go wid de dance.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
Dey searched de house, and take out what dey want, den set de house afire.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
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Dey know dey get whupped jes like a mule iffen dey act like dey don' wanna wurk.
Dey jus' had plain plank shutters for blinds and de doors was made de same way, out of rough planks.
Word Origin for dey
Old English dæge "female servant, housekeeper, maid," from Proto-Germanic *daigjon (cf. Old Norse deigja "maid, female servant," Swedish deja "dairymaid"), from PIE *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough). Now obsolete (though OED says, "Still in living use in parts of Scotland"), it forms the first element of dairy and the second of lady.
The ground sense seems to be "kneader, maker of bread;" advancing by Old Norse deigja and Middle English daie to mean "female servant, woman employed in a house or on a farm." Dæge as "servant" is the second element in many surnames ending in -day (e.g. Faraday, and perhaps Doubleday "servant of the Twin," etc.).
1650s, "title of a military commander in Muslim north Africa," from Turkish dai "maternal uncle," a friendly title used of older men, especially by the Janissaries of Algiers of their commanding officers. There were also deys in Tunis and Tripoli.