aye-aye

noun
\ ˈī-ˌī \

Definition of aye-aye

: a small primitive nocturnal forest-dwelling primate (Daubentonia madagascariensis) of northern Madagascar that has a round head, large eyes and ears, and long thin fingers

First Known Use of aye-aye

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aye-aye

French, from Malagasy aiay

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aye-aye

Dictionary Entries near aye-aye

ayatollah

Aydın

aye

aye-aye

Ayer

AYH

ayin

Statistics for aye-aye

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aye-aye

The first known use of aye-aye was in 1781

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on aye-aye

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aye-aye

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about aye-aye

Comments on aye-aye

What made you want to look up aye-aye? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to gather or build up little by little

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!