See also: Nay, NAY, này, näy, nạy, ŋay, and n'ay

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English nai, nei, from Old Norse nei (no), contraction of ne (not) + ei (ever), itself from Proto-Germanic *nai (never), *nē (not). More at no.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

nay (not comparable)

  1. (now chiefly archaic or regional) No. [from 12th c.]
  2. (now chiefly archaic or regional) Introducing a statement, without direct negation. [from 14th c.]
    • 1876, Henry James, Roderick Hudson:
      Nay, what are you smiling at so damnably?
  3. (now archaic or humorous) Or rather, or should I say; moreover (introducing a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one). [from 16th c.]
    His face was dirty, nay, filthy.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler, 'Hudibras', part 1, canto 2:
      [] And proved not only horse, but cows, / Nay pigs, were of the elder house: / For beasts, when man was but a piece / Of earth himself, did th' earth possess.
    • 1748, David Hume, chapter 18, in 'Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral', London: Oxford University Press, published 1973:
      And even in our wildest and most wandering reveries, nay in our very dreams, we shall find, if we reflect, that the imagination ran not altogether at adventures,

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Usage notesEdit

In Early Modern English, nay was used to respond to a positive question, while no was used to respond to a negative question. Over time, this distinction disappeared.

InterjectionEdit

nay

  1. (archaic) No.

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

nay (plural nays)

  1. A vote against.
    I vote nay, even though the motion is popular, because I would rather be right than popular.
  2. A person who voted against.
    The vote is 4 in favor and 20 opposed; the nays have it.
  3. (archaic) A denial; a refusal. [1]

AntonymsEdit

  • (A vote against): yea

VerbEdit

nay (third-person singular simple present nays, present participle naying, simple past and past participle nayed)

  1. (obsolete) To refuse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holinshed to this entry?)

AdjectiveEdit

nay (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Nary. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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TagalogEdit

NounEdit

nay

  1. abbreviation of nanay, the informal form of ina

VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with này.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nay (𠉞, 𫢩, 𬁉)

  1. now, nowadays
    ngày naythese days/nowadays
    sáng naythis morning
    Sáng nay ăn sáng chưa?
    Have you eat breakfast this morning?

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