nay

[ ney ]
/ neɪ /

adverb

and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.
Archaic. no (used in dissent, denial, or refusal).

noun

a denial or refusal.
a negative vote or voter.

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Origin of nay

1125–75; Middle English nai, nei<Old Norse nei no, contraction of ne not + ei ever; see na, ay1
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British Dictionary definitions for nay

nay
/ (neɪ) /

sentence substitute

mainly archaic, or dialect an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word for no 1

noun

  1. a person who votes in the negative
  2. a negative vote

adverb

(sentence modifier) archaic an emphatic form of no 1
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Word Origin for nay

C12: from Old Norse nei, from ne not + ei ever, ay 1
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