From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish *kagyum, cagiíun (“enclosure”), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (“pen, enclosure”) (compare Welsh cae (“hedge”)), from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰyóm (“enclosure”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /kiː/ enPR: kē
- (US) IPA(key): /kiː/, /keɪ/, /kweɪ/ enPR: kē, kā, kwā
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- Rhymes: -iː
- Homophone: key (in certain pronunciations)
quay (plural quays)
- (nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.
structure for loading and unloading vessels
- To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".