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?"
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      "I swear also that I will honour and will cherish thee, Kallikrates, who hast been swept by the wave of time back into my arms, ay, till the very end, come it soon or late."

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]

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]

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. New Zealand spelling of eh (question tag)

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Anguthimri[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. (Mpakwithi) vegetable

References[edit]

  • Terry Crowley, The Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri (1981), page 184

Azerbaijani[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic ај
Roman ay
Perso-Arabic آی

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *āń(k). Cognate with Chuvash уйӑх (ujăh) See Turkish ay for more cognates.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay (definite accusative ayı, plural aylar)

  1. moon
  2. month
  3. date (day of the month)
    Bu gün ayın neçəsidir?What date is it today?

Declension[edit]


Chavacano[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ay

  1. Indicates the future tense.

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]‎[2], 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

Highland Popoluca[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. leaf

References[edit]

  • Elson, Benjamin F.; Gutiérrez G., Donaciano (1999) Diccionario popoluca de la Sierra, Veracruz (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 41)‎[3] (in Spanish), Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., →ISBN, page 10

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

Rayón Zoque[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. leaf
  2. brim (of a hat)

References[edit]

  • Harrison, Roy; B. de Harrison, Margaret; López Juárez, Francisco; Ordoñes, Cosme (1984) Vocabulario zoque de Rayón (Serie de diccionarios y vocabularios indígenas Mariano Silva y Aceves; 28)‎[4] (in Spanish), México, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, page 4

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from a use of aye to express agreement.

Adverb[edit]

ay (not comparable)

  1. yes

Somali[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay ?

  1. dog

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Interjection[edit]

  1. REDIRECT Template:es-interj
  1. Ah!, Alas!
  2. Woe!
  3. expresses pain, sorrow, or surprise
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

ay

  1. Obsolete spelling of hay

Further reading[edit]


Sranan Tongo[edit]

Noun[edit]

ay

  1. Alternative spelling of ai.

Tagalog[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • 'y (elided form, informal, following a word ending with a vowel or "n")

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Cognate with Hanunoo ay.

Particle[edit]

ay

  1. Copula, used in sentences written in the passive voice. Equivalent to forms of be.
    Ang kuwarto'y nilinis natin.
    The room was cleaned by us.
    Ako ay Pilipino.
    I'm Filipino.

Usage notes[edit]

This is usually elided to 'y following a word ending in a vowel in speech and casual writing.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Austronesian *ai.

Interjection[edit]

ay

  1. General exclamation: alas; no; oh; oops
    Ay! Nahulog.
    Oops! It fell.
    Ay! Mali.
    Oh! It's wrong.

Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish آی(ay, moon, month, crescent, a beautiful face), 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 آی(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.