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Definition of ay

usually used with following me to express sorrow or regret

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Examples of ay in a Sentence

ay me, we are doomed to listen to that noise all night!
Recent Examples on the Web Well, the scientists ay, it’s the most feasible option for far space travel. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Direct Fusion Drive That Could Get Us Past Neptune in 10 Years," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ay

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ay

Middle French aymi ay me

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15 Apr 2021

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“Ay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ay. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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