ay

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. Ah! alas!
  2. Alternative spelling of aye ("yes")
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
      "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
      "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"

Noun[edit]

ay ‎(plural ays)

  1. Alternative spelling of aye ("yes")
    counting the ays and the noes in a vote

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English ai, from Old Norse ei, from Proto-Germanic *aiw-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- ‎(vitality); cognate with Old English ā, Ancient Greek ἀεί ‎(aeí, always), and Latin aevum ‎(an age).

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /eɪ/ (adverb, adjective)

Adverb[edit]

ay ‎(not comparable)

  1. Always; ever.
    • 1670, John Barbour, The Acts and Life of the most victorious Conquerour Robert Bruce King of Scotland, as cited in 1860, Thomas Corser, Collectanea Anglo-poetica, page 160
      O he that hath ay lived free, [...]
Synonyms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ay ‎(not comparable)

  1. For an indefinite time.

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. New Zealand spelling of eh (question tag)

External links[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Azeri[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *āń(k) ‎(moon, month). Compare Turkish ay ‎(moon, month).

Noun[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic ај
Roman ay
Perso-Arabic آی

ay ‎(definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. moon
  2. month

Declension[edit]


Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *āń(k) ‎(moon, month). Compare Turkish ay ‎(moon, month).

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. month
  2. moon

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary][1], Simferopol: Dolya, ISBN 966-7980-89-8

Gagauz[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *āń(k) ‎(moon, month). Compare Turkish ay ‎(moon, month).

Noun[edit]

ay ‎(definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. moon
  2. month

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek ἅγιος ‎(hágios).

Noun[edit]

ay ‎(definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. saint

Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish ha i ‎(it has there).

Verb[edit]

ay ‎(Latin spelling)

  1. there is, there are

Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

ay

  1. first-person singular present indicative of avoir

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from a use of aye to express agreement.

Adverb[edit]

ay ‎(not comparable)

  1. yes

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

¡ay!

  1. Ah!, Alas!
  2. Woe!
  3. Expresses pain, sorrow, or surprise.
  4. A stereotypical sound of a Latino or Latina (e.g. ¡Ay Papi!, something like saying "Oh Baby!")

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English eye.

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. eye

Tagalog[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ay

  1. Equality marker. It can be translated as is, am, are, was, will be, etc., but functions as a preposition, not a verb.
  2. Verb/predicate marker. Only used when the verb or predicate does not begin the sentence.

Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish ای ‎(āy, moon, month, crescent, a beautiful face), آي ‎(ay), from Proto-Turkic *āń(k) ‎(moon, month).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay ‎(definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. moon
  2. month
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish آى ‎(ay!), akin to Karakhanid [script needed] ‎(ay!, oh!), Old Uighur [script needed] ‎(ay!, oh!)

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. exclamation of surprise, shock or fear: oh!
    Ay kim gelmiş!‎ ― Oh (look) who is (apparently) here!
  2. exclamation of pain: ouch!
    Ay, başım!‎ ― Ouch, my head (hurt)!
Related terms[edit]
See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • ay in Turkish dictionaries at Türk dil kurumu

References[edit]

  1. ^ Starostin, Sergei; Dybo, Anna; Mudrak, Oleg (2003), “*āń(k)”, in Etymological dictionary of the Altaic languages (Handbuch der Orientalistik; VIII.8), Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill