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nay

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adverb \ˈnā\

Simple Definition of nay

  • —used to correct what you have said by replacing a word with one that is more accurate or appropriate

Full Definition of nay

  1. :  no

Examples of nay

  1. Nay, I do not wish to go.

  2. <I was angry—nay, furious—at the way they were treating that poor dog.>



Origin of nay

Middle English, from Old Norse nei, from ne not + ei ever — more at no, aye


First Known Use: 13th century


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nay

noun

Simple Definition of nay

  • : a no vote

Full Definition of nay

  1. 1 :  denial, refusal

  2. 2 a :  a negative reply or vote b :  one who votes no

Examples of nay

  1. <when the votes were tallied, it was 241 yeas and 54 nays>

  2. <gave a resounding nay to the request for a mixed-company camping trip>



14th Century

First Known Use of nay

14th century


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nay

conjunction

Definition of nay

  1. :  not merely this but also :  not only so but <the letter made him happy, nay, ecstatic>



1560

First Known Use of nay

1560


NAY Defined for Kids

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nay

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adverb \ˈnā\

Definition of nay

  1. :  1no 2 <Are you coming? Nay, I'm not.>




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nay

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noun

Definition of nay

plural nays

  1. 1 :  3no 2 <The final vote was 3 ayes and 6 nays.>

  2. 2 :  3no 3





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