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nay

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adverb \ˈnā\

Definition of nay

  1. :  no <Only one councillor voted nay on the proposal.>

Examples of nay in a sentence

  1. Nay, I do not wish to go.

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

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of nay

  1. 1 :  denial, refusal

  2. 2a :  a negative reply or vote <The nays outnumbered the ayes, and so the measure did not pass.>b :  one who votes no <He voted with the nays.>

Examples of nay in a sentence

  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>

Origin and Etymology of nay

see 1nay


First Known Use: 14th century


3

nay

conjunction

Definition of nay

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

Origin and Etymology of nay

see 1nay


First Known Use: 1560


NAY Defined for English Language Learners

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nay

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adverb \ˈnā\

Definition of nay for English Language Learners

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


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nay

noun

Definition of nay for English Language Learners

  • : a no vote


NAY Defined for Kids

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nay

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adverb \ˈnā\

Definition of nay for Students

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


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nay

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noun

Definition of nay for Students

plural

nays

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

  2. 2 :  3no 3



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