What does nay mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nay(adverb)

    a negative

    "the nays have it"

  2. nay(adverb)

    not this merely but also; not only so but

    "each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"


  1. nay(adv.)

    No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes.

  2. Origin: [Icel. nei; akin to E. no. See No, adv.]


  1. nay(Noun)

    A vote against.

    I vote nay, even though the motion is popular, because I would rather be right than popular.

  2. nay(Noun)

    A person who voted against.

    The vote is 4 in favor and 20 opposed, the nays have it.

  3. nay(Adverb)


  4. nay(Conjunction)

    or even, or more like, or should I say. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one.

  5. Origin: From nai, nei, from nei, contraction of ne + ei. More at no.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nay(adverb)

    no; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. See Yes

  2. Nay(adverb)

    not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase

  3. Nay(noun)

    denial; refusal

  4. Nay(noun)

    a negative vote; one who votes in the negative

  5. Nay

    to refuse

  6. Origin: [Icel. nei; akin to E. no. See No, adv.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nay

    nā, adv. no: not only so, but: yet more: in point of fact.—n. a denial: a vote against.—n. Nay′ward (Shak.), tendency to denial: the negative side. [M. E. nay, nai—Ice. nei, Dan. nei; cog. with no.]

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Anagrams for nay »

  1. Ayn, AYN

  2. any

  3. NYA

  4. yan


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nay in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Antoine De Saint-Exupery:

    He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

  2. Rene Descartes:

    The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.

  4. Sir Thomas More:

    Nay, tempt me not to love again There was a time when love was sweet Dear Nea had I known thee then, Our souls had not been slow to meet But oh this weary heart hath run So many a time the rounds of pain, Not even for thee, thou lovely one Would I endure such pangs again.

  5. Made:

    Ricky Let's drop it. Let's ecks-nay on the becks-nay. Ig-pay atlin-lay. Bobby Will you ut-shay your outh-may Ricky Ayn-saying-ay Bobby I don't know, you're doing it wrong, I don't understand what the hell you're saying. Ricky Onch-pay oo-bay ... ay-bay ay-way Bobby Ut-shay your ace-fay, asshole-ay. Ricky Did you hear that Did you hear what he said Whadaya think of that

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