Origin of quay
Definition for quay (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for quay
On my last day but one I crossed to the Giudecca and ran into him on the quay.
Every quay, hill-top, and house-roof whence a view of the course could be obtained was crowded.Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
Languid under its trappings, lightly rocked by the eddy, a slow bark drew near and anchored at the quay.Very Woman|Remy de Gourmont
The quay was lined with relations, and friends, and idle persons.The Marriage Contract|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for quay
Word Origin for quay
Word Origin and History for quay
1690s, variant of Middle English key, keye, caye "wharf" (c.1300; mid-13c. in place names), from Old North French cai (Old French chai, 12c., Modern French quai) "sand bank," from Gaulish caium (5c.), from Old Celtic *kagio- "to encompass, enclose" (cf. Welsh cae "fence, hedge," Cornish ke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (see hedge (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of French quai.