[ney]Scot. and North England


no1; not.


Origin of nae

First recorded in 1715–25; variant of na Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nae

Historical Examples of nae

  • "There's nae that mony o' 's just what ither fowk think us," said the minister's wife.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • The fac was—but nae blame to them—they a' gaed awa and left me my lane, sleepin.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • Nae muck le o' that, but a douce, good-humored lassie for a' that.

  • They appruved o' the verra thing 'at he was nae doot sorry for.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Mony ane 'at spak like that, had nae doot a guid meanin' in't; but, hech man!

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for nae


na (nɑː)


a Scot word for no 1, not
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Word Origin and History for nae

northern England and Scottish variant of no.

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