nay

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1nay

adverb \ˈnā\

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

Full Definition of NAY

:  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

2nay

noun

: a no vote

Full Definition of NAY

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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>

First Known Use of NAY

14th century

Related to NAY

3nay

conjunction

Definition of NAY

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

First Known Use of NAY

1560

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