- and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.
- Archaic. no (used in dissent, denial, or refusal).
- a denial or refusal.
- a negative vote or voter.
Origin of nay
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Examples from the Web for nay
The vote in the Senate was 81-18, with 27 Republicans voting aye and 18 nay.No Country for Old Moderates
October 24, 2013
Of course, the Democratic majority holds the votes to confirm Hagel even if Republicans unanimously vote "nay."Make Democrats Own Their Hagel-Flop
February 25, 2013
I would bet today, though, that they don't even have 40 at the end of the day; more like 15 to 25 nay votes would be my guess.The Hagel Nomination
January 7, 2013
It is seriously - nay, spectacularly - flawed in its most fundamental aspects.David's Bookclub: Eisenhower in War and Peace
December 23, 2012
And this tale involved the writing of a biography—which would just so happen to involve hours, nay years, of travel for them.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
“Nay, he is safe at home, where I would I were,” sighed Kit.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Much, nay most, of this was undoubtedly owing to the genius of the songstress.
"Nay, I had other things upon my mind," the squire answered.
Nay, we must carry on and play the part of the helpless merchant.
Nay, keep yours, my fair sirs, for we may have work for them.
- mainly archaic, or dialect an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word for no 1
- a person who votes in the negative
- a negative vote
- (sentence modifier) archaic an emphatic form of no 1
Compare aye 1
C12: from Old Norse nei, from ne not + ei ever, ay 1
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Word Origin and History for nay
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