ay

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See also: Ay, AY, , , -ay, ấy, āy, and -aþ

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 *aiwaz (eternity, age), 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. (archaic, poetic or Northern England) Always; ever; continually; for an indefinite time.
    • 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]

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. New Zealand spelling of eh (question tag)

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Azerbaijani[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic ај
Roman ay
Perso-Arabic آی

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Old Turkic [script needed] (ay, moon), from Proto-Turkic.

Noun[edit]

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

Czech[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. obsolete typography of aj

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]

Borrowed 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.

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. Alternative spelling of ai.

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

Cognate with Old Turkic 𐰖(ay, month), Karakhanid ااىْ(āy, moon, month), Old Uyghur [script needed] (ay, moon, month), Azerbaijani ay (moon), Bashkir ай (ay, moon), Chuvash уйӑх (ujăh, moon), Kazakh ай (ay, moon), Khakas ай (ay, moon), Kyrgyz ай (ay, moon), Southern Altai ай (ay, moon), Tatar ай (ay, moon), Turkmen āý (moon), Tuvan ай (ay, moon), Uyghur ئاي(ay, moon), Uzbek oy (moon), Yakut ый (ıy, moon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay (definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. moon
  2. month
Declension[edit]
Inflection
Nominative ay
Definite accusative ayı
Singular Plural
Nominative ay aylar
Definite accusative ayı ayları
Dative aya aylara
Locative ayda aylarda
Ablative aydan aylardan
Genitive ayın ayların
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Further reading[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

Wolof[edit]

Article[edit]

ay

  1. some (plural indefinite article)

Usage notes[edit]

Precedes the noun.