aye

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See also: Aye and ayé

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English aye, ai, agg, from Old Norse ei, ey, from Proto-Germanic *ī́ui (ever, always) (compare Old English ā, ō, Middle Dutch ie, German je), accusative of *aiwaz (age; law) (compare Old English ǣ(w) (law), West Frisian ieu (century), Dutch eeuw (century)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- (long time) (compare Irish aois (age, period), Breton oad (age, period), Latin ævum (eternity), Ancient Greek αἰών (aiṓn)).

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Adverb[edit]

aye (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) ever, always
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References[edit]
  1. ^ “aye” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement or affirmation, or from Middle English a ye (oh yes). More at oh, yea.

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aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
Usage notes[edit]
  • It is much used in Scotland, the north and Midlands of England, the northern counties of Ireland, North Wales, as well as in Australia and New Zealand (where it may follow rather than precede a statement). viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.
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References[edit]
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN

Noun[edit]

aye (plural ayes)

  1. An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.
    "To call for the ayes and nays;" "The ayes have it."
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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

aye (plural ayer or ayren)

  1. Alternative form of ei

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ei, ey, cognate with Old English ā. See the etymology for the English word above.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

aye (not comparable)

  1. always, still
    A'll aye be wi ye an A'm nae carin whit thay say – I will always/ still be with you and I don't care what they say

Interjection[edit]

aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question