dey

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English deye, deie, daie, from Old English dǣġe (maker of bread; baker; dairy-maid), from Proto-Germanic *daigijǭ (kneader of bread, maid), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- (to knead, form, build). Cognate with Swedish deja, Icelandic deigja (dairy-maid); compare dairy, dough, lady.

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Noun[edit]

dey (plural deys)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A servant who has charge of the dairy; a dairymaid.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French dey, from Turkish dayı.

Noun[edit]

dey (plural deys)

  1. The title given to the ruler of the Regency of Algiers (now Algeria) under the Ottoman Empire.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 29:
      the reigning Dey of Algiers (half of whose twenty-eight predecessors are said to have met violent ends) lost his temper with the French consul, struck him in the face with a fly-whisk, and called him ‘a wicked, faithless, idol-worshipping rascal’.

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

dey

  1. Eye dialect spelling of they, representing African American Vernacular English.
  2. Eye dialect spelling of there, representing African American Vernacular English.

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Verb[edit]

dey

  1. is, are