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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
nay
I.adverb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Boyd voted nay.
▪ You are permitted, nay, encouraged to come back as many times as you like.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ The administration explains these frustrations as understandable, nay inevitable, given the difficulties of transition.
▪ The horses waded in blood up to their knees, nay up to the bridle.
▪ You are permitted, nay encouraged, to come back as many times as your appetite permits.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I can't say yay or nay to that really.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
nay

nay \nay\ (n[=a]), 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 No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes.

    And eke when I say ``ye,'' ne say not ``nay.''
    --Chaucer.

    I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
nay

word of negation, late 12c., from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse nei, compound of ne "not" (see un-) + ei "ever" (see aye (2)).

Wiktionary
nay
  1. nary adv. (context archaic English) no conj. or even, or more like, or should I say. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one. n. 1 A vote against. 2 A person who voted against. v

  2. (context obsolete English) To refuse.

WordNet
nay
  1. n. a negative; "the nays have it" [ant: yea]

  2. adv. not this merely but also; not only so but; "each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"

Wikipedia
Nay

Nay or NAY may refer to:

  • Ney (also nay, nye, nai), a wind instrument
  • Nay, Manche, a place in the Manche département of France
  • Nay, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, a place in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département of France
  • Nay-ye Olya, a village in Khuzestan Province, Iran
  • Nay-ye Sofla, a village in Khuzestan Province, Iran
  • Nay, Iran, a village in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran
  • Kalateh-ye Nay, a village in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran
  • Ernst Wilhelm Nay, German abstract painter
  • an abbreviation for the Mexican state Nayarit
  • Beijing Nanyuan Airport, China; IATA airport code NAY
  • Newton Aycliffe railway station, England; National Rail station code NAY
  • An archaic form of no, used mainly in oral voting, and the opposite of yea.

Usage examples of "nay".

Nay, he decided, forcing himself to ignore the pulsing hardness between his thighs and the churning of his blood which ached for the satisfaction that only her body could provide.

I have told thee, that here be no freemen who work afield, nay, nor villeins either.

Nay, the free thinker, Nemojewski, wrote a book, in which he maintained the monstrous lie that Jewish religious murders are facts, and traveled all over the country with an agitatorial lecture to the same purpose.

Nay, thou shalt bide here in safety whilst I go forward--to visit Atene as I promised.

Sportsmen, in the warmth of a chace, are too much engaged to attend to any manner of ceremony, nay, even to the offices of humanity: for, if any of them meet with an accident by tumbling into a ditch, or into a river, the rest pass on regardless, and generally leave him to his fate: during this time, therefore, the two squires, though often close to each other, interchanged not a single word.

Nay, sir Daw, and sir La-Foole, you see the gentlewoman that has done you the favours!

When the Journal of either House is put in evidence for the purpose of determining whether the yeas and nays, were ordered, and what the vote was on any particular question, the Journal must be presumed to show the truth, and a statement therein that a quorum was present, though not disclosed by the yeas and nays, is final.

Mors Ambulans of The Doldrums, the hated Warl Ord of Renigard, and Utan, the detestable Orang of Turlang, would be there -- for not even such as these might with impunity say Trun the Warlock nay.

This amendment, emancipating Slaves employed by their masters to aid Rebellion, was adopted by 33 yeas to 6 nays.

He felt half bewildered and almost as if he had already become an embalmer, nay even a paraschites, one of the most despised of human beings.

Nay, something almost of exulation struggled through the placid expression of her features, as she cast her eyes up to Heaven, till modest gentleness veiled them again, and they were bent to earth.

Like an infatuated lover who denies or excuses the flagrant faults of the beloved, I strove to palliate the inhumanity of the Star Maker, nay positively I gloried in it.

Nay, Nay, detain me not, I must to Rudiger this instant, and either convince him that I am guiltless, or perish by his hand.

Nay, more: even a mutineer is to go untouched, lest these sacred passengers receive an accidental wound.

Nay, Aristotle would not have missed the quadrature of the circle, if only baleful conflicts had spared the books of the ancients, who knew all the methods of nature.