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ay

2 [ey]
interjection Archaic.
(used to express regret or sorrow.)

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English

ay

3 [ahy]
adverb, noun
aye1.
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ay1 (eɪ)
 
adv
archaic, poetic ever; always
 
[C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English ā always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aiōn]

ay or aye2 (eɪ)
 
interj
archaic, poetic an expression of misery or surprise
 
[C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise]
 
aye or aye2
 
interj
 
[C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise]

ay3 (aɪ)
 
sentence substitute, —n
a variant spelling of aye

aye or ay1 (aɪ)
 
sentence substitute
1.  yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
2.  aye aye
 a.  an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
 b.  (Brit) an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
 
n
3.  a.  a person who votes in the affirmative
 b.  an affirmative vote
 
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]
 
ay or ay1
 
sentence substitute
 
n
 
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]

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ay
see aye.
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ay
Aymara
AY
any (shortwave transmission)
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