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ay1

[ey] /eɪ/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
ever; always.
Also, aye.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English ei, ai < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ei, cognate with Old English ā ever

ay2

[ey] /eɪ/
interjection, Archaic.
1.
(used to express regret or sorrow.)
Origin
1300-50; Middle English

ay3

[ahy] /aɪ/
adverb, noun
1.
aye1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for ay

ay1

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adverb
1.
(archaic, poetic) ever; always
Word Origin
C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English ā always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aiōn

ay2

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interjection
1.
(archaic, poetic) an expression of misery or surprise
Word Origin
C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise

ay3

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sentence substitute, noun
1.
a variant spelling of aye1

aye1

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sentence substitute
1.
yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
2.
aye aye
  1. an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
  2. (Brit) an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
noun
3.
  1. a person who votes in the affirmative
  2. an affirmative vote
Compare nay
Word Origin
C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent
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Word Origin and History for ay

see aye.

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Related Abbreviations for ay

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AY

any (shortwave transmission)
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