EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English ey, from Old English ǣġ ("egg"; ǣġru in the plural), from Proto-Germanic *ajją, *ajjaz (egg), from Proto-Indo-European *ōuyo-, *h₂ōwyóm (egg). Cognate with West Frisian aai (egg), Dutch ei (egg), German Low German Ei (egg), German Ei (egg), Danish æg (egg), Swedish ägg (egg), Icelandic egg (egg), Scottish Gaelic ugh (egg), Latin ōvum (egg). Was replaced by egg in the 16th century.

NounEdit

ey (plural eyren) (obsolete since the sixteenth century)

  1. (obsolete) an egg

Etymology 2Edit

Compare eyot.

NounEdit

ey (plural eys)

  1. An island.

Etymology 3Edit

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Coined by Christine M. Elverson by removing the "th" from they.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

ey (third-person singular, epicene, nominative case, accusative em, possessive adjective eir, possessive noun eirs, reflexive emself)

  1. (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
    • 1975 August 23, Black, Judie, “Ey has a word for it”, Chicago Tribune, page 12:
      Eir sentences would sound smoother since ey wouldn't clutter them with the old sexist pronouns. And if ey should trip up in the new usage, ey would only have emself to blame.
    • 1996 December 22, Worth, Shirley, “New To Yoga”, alt.yoga, Usenet:
      I'm not familiar with this book, but I encourage Marksmill to look for it-- and while ey is at it, to also look at a number of other books.
    • 1997 November 25, Dawson, Scott Robert, “Who Pays for Cellular Calls”, alt.cellular, Usenet:
      If a mobile user is far from eir home area, ey will pay a long-distance fee for carriage of the call *from* eir home area, just as a caller would pay long-distance on a call *to* that area.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.
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IcelandicEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse ey, from Proto-Germanic *awjō.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ey f (genitive singular eyjar, nominative plural eyjar)

  1. island

DeclensionEdit

The dative singular eyju / eyjunnar also occurs, but is on its own indistinguishable from the dative of the weak form eyja.


Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *awjō.

NounEdit

ey f (genitive eyjar, plural eyjar)

  1. island

DeclensionEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Danish: ø c
  • Faroese: oyggj f
  • Icelandic: ey f
  • Norwegian Bokmål: øy f, m
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: øy f
  • Swedish: ö c

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

ey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei.

SomaliEdit

EtymologyEdit

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

èy m (plural éy or eyo f)

  1. dog
Last modified on 24 March 2014, at 22:26