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Definition of AY

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Aye \Aye\, Ay \Ay\, adv. [Icel. ei, ey; akin to AS. [=a], [=a]wa, always, Goth. aiws an age, Icel. [ae]fi, OHG, ?wa, L. aevum, Gr. ? an age, ?, ?, ever, always, G. je, Skr. ?va course. ?, ?. Cf. {Age}, v., {Either}, a., {Or}, conj.] Always; ever; continually; for an indefinite time. [1913 Webster]

           For his mercies aye endure.              --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     {For aye}, {always}; forever; eternally.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ay \Ay\, interj.
     Ah! alas! "Ay me! I fondly dream `Had ye been there.'"
     --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ay \Ay\, adv.
     Same as {Aye}.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Aye \Aye\, Ay \Ay\, adv. [Perh. a modification of yea, or from the interjection of admiration or astonishment, OE. ei, ey, why, hey, ay, well, ah, ha. Cf. MHG. & G. ei, Dan. ej. Or perh. akin to aye ever.] Yes; yea; -- a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question. It is much used in viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc. [1913 Webster]

     Note: This word is written I in the early editions of Shakespeare and other old writers. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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