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[ney] /neɪ/ Scot. and North England
no1 ; not.
no2 .
Origin of nae
1715-25; variant of na Unabridged
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  • The polis hae been searchin' noo for a fortnight an' nae trace o' her can be got.

    The Underworld James C. Welsh
  • The fac was—but nae blame to them—they a' gaed awa and left me my lane, sleepin.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • nae illi falsi sunt, qui diversissimas res pariter expectant, ignaviae voluptatem et praemia virtutis.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
  • nae muck le o' that, but a douce, good-humored lassie for a' that.

  • It's a gude tongue that says nae ill, but a better heart that thinks nane.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • They appruved o' the verra thing 'at he was nae doot sorry for.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • We didn't know the right tune, and so we sung it to the air of 'there is nae luck about the house.'

  • Mony ane 'at spak like that, had nae doot a guid meanin' in't; but, hech man!

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Is't true what they're sayin' that Maggie Moore's nae better than she should be?

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • "There was nae need," said Tammas, handing round his snuff-mull.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for nae


a Scot word for no1 , not
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Word Origin and History for nae

northern England and Scottish variant of no.

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