Middle English wheye, whei, from Old English hwǣġ, hweġ, from Proto-Germanic *hwajan (cf. West Frisian waai, Dutch wei), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *kʷei 'to pile up, build' (cf. Old Church Slavonic чинъ (činŭ, “order”), Ancient Greek ποιέω (poiéō, “to pile up, make”), Sanskrit káya 'body').
- enPR: wā, IPA: /weɪ/, X-SAMPA: /weI/
- Rhymes: -eɪ
- Homophones: way, weigh, wey (in accents with the wine-whine merger)