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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 Saterland Frisian Oai ‎(egg), 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.

NounEdit

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

  1. (obsolete) an egg
    • 1490, William Caxton, Prologue to Eneydos:
      And one of theym... cam in to an hows and axed for mete and specyally he axyd after eggys, and the goode wyf answerde that she could speke no Frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no Frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges; and she understode hym not. And thenne at laste a-nother sayd that he wolde have eyren. Then the good wyf sayd that she understod hym wel. Loo, what sholde a man in thyse dayes now wryte, egges, or eyren? Certaynly it is hard to playse every man, by-cause of dyversite and chaunge of langage.

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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, 1, 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”, in alt.yoga, Usenet[1], message-ID <32BDCA0C.6C8@worth.org>:
      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”, in alt.cellular, Usenet[2], message-ID <347acf56.333719@news.interlog.com>:
      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 Citations:ey.
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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ei, a common interjection used, among other things, as a vocative particle. The word is thus of native origin, though in contemporary colloquial German it may well have been reinforced by synonymous Turkish ey.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

ey

  1. (colloquial) used to call someone’s attention
    Ey Peter, komm mal kucken, was hier auf dem Schild steht!
    Hey Peter, come and see what it says on this sign!

IcelandicEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

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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.


Middle WelshEdit

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ey

  1. second-person singular present indicative of mynet

Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *awjō.

NounEdit

ey f (genitive eyjar, dative eyju, plural eyjar)

  1. island

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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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NounEdit

èy m (plural éy or eyo f)

  1. dog
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