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See also: ayé

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English aye, ai, agg, from Old Norse ei, ey, from Proto-Germanic *ī́ui ‘ever, always’ (compare Old English ā, ō, Middle Dutch ie, German je), accusative of *aiwaz ‘age; law’ (compare Old English ǣ(w) ‘law’, West Frisian ieu ‘century’, Dutch eeuw ‘century’), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éi̯us ‘long time’ (compare Irish aois ‘age, period’,Breton oad ‘age, period’,Latin ævum ‘eternity’, Ancient Greek αἰών (aiṓn)).

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aye (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) ever, always
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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989

Etymology 2Edit

Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement, or from Middle English a ye (oh yes). More at oh, yea.

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aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
Usage notesEdit

It is much used in Scotland, the north and Midlands of England, the northern counties of Ireland, North Wales, viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.

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ReferencesEdit
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165

NounEdit

aye (plural ayes)

  1. An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.
    "To call for the ayes and nays;" "The ayes have it."
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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse ei, ey, cognate with Old English ā. See the etymology for the English word above.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

aye (not comparable)

  1. always, still
    A'll aye be wi ye an A'm nae carin whit thay say – I will always/ still be with you and I don't care what they say

InterjectionEdit

aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question