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ay1

[ey] /eɪ/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
ever; always.
Also, aye.
Origin of ay1
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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Examples from the Web for ay
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  • I'll have the words from her own lips—words, ay, and kisses also!

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • ay, ay,” said Tibble, regarding him with a well-pleased face.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Yet he was greatly surprised when the young girl said quietly, "ay."

  • ay, sure, both of us; but Ambrose is the best scribe,” said Stephen.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The ash sticks in the waist-boat were doing their best, as the loud "ay, ay!"

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • Tis none other that the Dean sets forth, ay, and the book that I have here.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • ay, ay, ay; the times have degenerated in every thing;—even in harps.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • I gave it—ay, I gave it to a youth that came to mine aid, and reclaimed a falcon for me!

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • ay, go you round through the underbrush and leave me to tell her.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • "ay, yes, there is nothing wonderful in that," answered the voice.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
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

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

ay3

//
sentence substitute, noun
1.
a variant spelling of aye1
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Word Origin and History for ay

see aye.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for ay

ay

Aymara

AY

any (shortwave transmission)
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