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 displaced by egg in the 16th century, most likely due to its clashing with the word "eye", with which it had come to be a homonym.
ey (plural eyren) (obsolete since the sixteenth century)
ey (plural eys)
- An island.
Coined by Christine M. Elverson by removing the "th" from they.
- (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
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The dative singular eyju / eyjunnar also occurs, but is on its own indistinguishable from the dative of the weak form eyja.
- obsolete spelling of