ay me

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ay me

  1. (now archaic) Expressing grief, sorrow etc.
    • c.1595, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, First Folio, 1623:
      Ay me, it is my husband.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II. 8:
      Ay-me, to whom did I reserve, to discover that singular and loving affection, which in my soule I bare unto him?
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV:
      Ay me! they little know / How dearly I abide that boast so vain [].