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Meaning of NAY

Pronunciation:  ney

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  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       made, now superseded by no.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.''
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
             I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all
             likewisr perish.                      --Luke xiii.
                                                   3.
    
             And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily;
             but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
                                                   --Acts xvi.
                                                   37.
    
             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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