nay

[ney]
adverb
  1. and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.
  2. Archaic. no (used in dissent, denial, or refusal).
noun
  1. a denial or refusal.
  2. a negative vote or voter.

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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denial, negative, against

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British Dictionary definitions for nays

nay

sentence substitute
  1. 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
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for nays

nay

word of negation, late 12c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse nei, compound of ne "not" (see un-) + ei "ever" (see aye (2)).

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