1

nay

adverb \ ˈnā \

Definition of nay

: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


2

nay

noun

Definition of nay

2 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of nay

see 1nay

nay Synonyms

Synonyms
no, negative, non placet
Antonyms
positive, yea, yes
Related Words
con; blackball, veto; denial, negation, refusal
Near Antonyms
pro; acceptance, approval, grace

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nay

conjunction

Definition of nay

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

Origin and Etymology of nay

see 1nay


NAY Defined for English Language Learners

nay

adverb

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


nay

noun

Definition of nay for English Language Learners

  • : a no vote


NAY Defined for Kids

1

nay

adverb \ ˈnā \

Definition of nay for Students

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

2

nay

noun

Definition of nay for Students

plural nays
1 :3no 2
  • The final vote was 3 ayes and 6 nays.
2 :3no 3


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