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Meaning of NAY

Pronunciation:  ney

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a negative; "the nays have it"
  2. [adv]  not this merely but also; not only so but; "each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"

NAY is a 3 letter word that starts with N.


 Antonyms: yea
 See Also: negative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nay\, adv. [Icel. nei; akin to E. no. See {No}, adv.]
    1. No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request
       made, now superseded by no. See {Yes}.
             And eke when I say ``ye,'' ne say not ``nay.''
             I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all
             likewisr perish.                      --Luke xiii.
             And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily;
             but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
                                                   --Acts xvi.
             He that will not when he may, When he would he shall
             have nay.                             --Old Prov.
    Note: Before the time of Henry VIII. nay was used to answer
          simple questions, and no was used when the form of the
          question involved a negative expression; nay was the
          simple form, no the emphatic. --Skeat.
    2. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to
       mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or
       more emphatic phrase.
    Note: Nay in this sense may be interchanged with yea. ``Were
          he my brother, nay, my kingdom's heir.'' --Shak.
  2. \Nay\, n.; pl. {Nays}.
    1. Denial; refusal.
    2. a negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
    {It is no nay}, there is no denying it. [Obs.] --haucer.
  3. \Nay\, v. t. & i.
    To refuse. [Obs.] --Holinshed.
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