I say

  1. (Britain, dated) An exclamation of surprise or protest.
    I say, what is the meaning of this?
  2. Used for emphasis, or when resuming after diversion or interruption.
    • 1823, William Wilberforce, Appeal to the Religion, Justice and Humanity of the Inhabitants of the British Empire in Behalf of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies:
      When such men as Mr. Burke, Mr. Dundas, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Windham, and my Lord Grenville: when such men as these unreservedly and repeatedly avowed their sentiments on the condition of the Slave; when they saw no danger in the avowal; [] when, I say, these men thus thought, spoke, and acted []
    • 1912, Clarence Young, The Motor Boys on the Wing: Or, Seeking the Airship Treasure, page 63:
      "Stop! Stop I say!" ordered the professor imperiously.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 37:
      Adrian thought it worth while to try out his new slang. ‘I say, you fellows, here's a rum go. Old Biffo was jolly odd this morning. He gave me a lot of pi-jaw about slacking and then invited me to tea. No rotting! He did really.’



  • Swahili: aisee