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ay

  
[1]  
      adv  
Archaic, poetic   ever; always  
     (C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English a always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aion)  
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ay   [2]   , aye  
      interj  
Archaic, poetic   an expression of misery or surprise  
     (C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise)  

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ay   [3]  
      sentence substitute  
      n      a variant spelling of       aye   1  

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aye   [1]   , ay         
      sentence substitute  
1    yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice  
2    aye aye  
a    an expression of compliance, esp. used by seamen  
b      (Brit)   an expression of amused surprise, esp. at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc.  
      n  
3   
a    a person who votes in the affirmative  
b    an affirmative vote,   (Compare)        nay  
     (C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent)  


ay   [1]  
      adv  
Archaic, poetic   ever; always  
     (C12 ai, from Old Norse ei; related to Old English a always, Latin aevum an age, Greek aion)  
ay   [2]   , aye  
      interj  
Archaic, poetic   an expression of misery or surprise  
     (C14 ey: from an involuntary cry of surprise)  
ay   [3]  
      sentence substitute  
      n      a variant spelling of       aye   1  

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aye, Ayr, aby, any

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