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[shey] /ʃeɪ/
noun, Chiefly Dialect.
a chaise.
Origin of shay
1710-20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural) Unabridged
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  • If you shay it different, I'll chew your head like an apple caught in the crack of a door.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Even if I do shay sho, you ought to be polite enough to shay "After you, mashter."

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • He tumbled off his horses, dhrunk: and where's the shay, I wondher?

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • Firsht they shay it won't be conshidered, then they shay it will be conshidered.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Well; I picked up a lil' drawing by a Roman chap; worth nothing more than what I got it for, or anything, as you may shay.

    Puppets at Large F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for shay


a dialect word for chaise
Word Origin
C18: back formation from chaise, mistakenly thought to be plural
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Word Origin and History for shay

1717, back-formation from chaise (q.v.), wrangled into English and mistaken for a plural.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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