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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    No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no.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    no; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no.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. Jade Thirlwall:

    Shy bairnes get nay toffee

  2. Hippocrates:

    Idleness and lack of occupation tend - nay are dragged - towards evil.

  3. 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.

  4. Alcaeus:

    Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

  5. Gilbert Keith Chesterton:

    Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals nay it is treachery to comrades.

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