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Origin of shay

1710–20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for shay

wagon, cart, vehicle, caboose, shay, pram

Examples from the Web for shay

Contemporary Examples of shay

Historical Examples of shay

  • Even if I do shay sho, you ought to be polite enough to shay "After you, mashter."

    The Little Clay Cart

    (Attributed To) King Shudraka

  • Firsht they shay it won't be conshidered, then they shay it will be conshidered.

    The Little Clay Cart

    (Attributed To) King Shudraka

  • Th' other shay, your honour, that I never see at all, good or bad—only Pether.

  • He tumbled off his horses, dhrunk: and where's the shay, I wondher?

  • "My hussam tol' you to shay that," said she, shaking her finger at him.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for shay


  1. a dialect word for chaise

Word Origin for shay

C18: back formation from chaise, mistakenly thought to be plural
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Word Origin and History for shay

1717, back-formation from chaise (q.v.), wrangled into English and mistaken for a plural.

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