See also: EY, -ey, -ey-, and

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English ei, ey, from Old English ǣġ, from Proto-West Germanic *aij, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm.

This native English form was displaced by the Old Norse derived egg in the 16th century, most likely due to its clashing with the word eye, wherewith it had come to be a homonym.

NounEdit

ey (plural eyren)

  1. (obsolete) An egg. [dated since the 16th century]
    • 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.
    • 1787, originally 1381, Liber quotidianus contrarotulatoris garderobae:
      Take brothe of capons withoute herbes, and breke eyren, and cast into the pot, and make a crudde therof, and colour hit with saffron, and then presse oute the brothe and kerve it on leches; and then take swete creme of almondes, or of cowe mylk, and boyle hit; []

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English ei, from Old English ieġ, from Proto-West Germanic *auwju from Proto-Germanic *awjō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂.

NounEdit

ey (plural eys)

  1. An island.

Etymology 3Edit

Coined in the year 1975 by one Christine M. Elverson by removing the "th" from they.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

  1. (rare, epicene) A gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, one of the so-called Spivak pronouns, equivalent to the singular they and coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
    • 1975 August 23, Black, Judie, “Ey has a word for it”, in 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 quotations using this term, see Citations:ey.
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AzerbaijaniEdit

InterjectionEdit

ey

  1. Used to call someone's attention.

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ei, a common interjection. In contemporary German possibly reinforced by Turkish ey (vocative particle), English hey.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛɪ̯/
  • (file)

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!

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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.


Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English æġ, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (egg). Doublet of egge.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ey (plural eyer or eyren)

  1. egg (especially of a chicken, other fowl)
    Synonym: egge
Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: ey
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English īeġ, īg, from Proto-Germanic *awjō (floodplain; island).

NounEdit

ey

  1. island
Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: ey

ReferencesEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Latin ei and Old French ahi, äi.

InterjectionEdit

ey

  1. An exclamation of surprise, challenge, or inquiry.
Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit

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Etymology 4Edit

AdverbEdit

ey

  1. Alternative form of ay (always)

Etymology 5Edit

NounEdit

ey (plural eyen)

  1. Alternative form of eye (eye)

Etymology 6Edit

NounEdit

ey (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of eye (fear; awe)
    To have no ey for nought.
    • c. 1470,, O lord omnipotent:
      Exhorting thy people to have a special ey, That thee to praise they never cease.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

VerbEdit

ey

  1. to awe

Middle WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

ey

  1. second-person singular present indicative of mynet

Old NorseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *aiwaz m, *aiwō f (long time, age, eternity), itself from Proto-Indo-European *h₂óyu ~ *h₂yéws.

AdverbEdit

ey

  1. always, ever

Alternative formsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • ey1 in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *awjō.

NounEdit

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

  1. island
DeclensionEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Icelandic: ey f, eyja f
  • Faroese: oyggj f, oy f
  • Norwegian Bokmål: øy
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: øy
  • Old Swedish: ø̄
    • Swedish: ö c
  • Danish: ø c
    • English: oe
  • Gutnish: oy
  • Westrobothnian: öy, oi
  • English: -ey, -ay (in place names)
  • Old Irish: í f
    • Irish: í f

ReferencesEdit

  • ey2 in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

ey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei

SomaliEdit

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

èy m (plural éy or eyo f)

  1. dog

SpanishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English hey.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

¡ey!

  1. hey!
    Synonym: eh

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