aye

1 [ahy]
Also, ay.


Origin:
1570–80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin

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aye

2 [ey]
adverb
ay1.
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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]

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]

aye2 (əɪ)
 
adv
(Scot) always; still
 
[Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always]

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aye
"assent," 1570s, perhaps a variant of I, meaning "I assent;" or an alt. of M.E. yai "yes," or from aye (2) "always, ever."

aye
"always, ever," c.1200, from O.N. ei "ever" (cognate with O.E. a "always, ever"), from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Gk. aion "age, eternity," L. aevum "space of time;" see eon).
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Example sentences
Aye, but arguments can become tedious, and sometimes rampant imagination may add levity to an otherwise heavy discussion.
Aye, the subtleties in the trading floor can only be surmised for now.
The legislature there can vote aye or nay on the computer-drawn map but can't change it.
It's aye the cheapest lawyer's fee to taste the barrel.
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