dey

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See also: Dey and deþ

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English deye, deie, daie, from Old English dǣġe (maker of bread; baker; dairy-maid), from Proto-Germanic *daigijǭ (kneader of bread, maid), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- (to knead, form, build). Cognate with Swedish deja, Icelandic deigja (dairy-maid); compare dairy, dough, lady.

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Noun[edit]

dey (plural deys)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Scotland) A servant who has charge of the dairy; a dairymaid.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French dey, from Turkish dayı.

Noun[edit]

dey (plural deys)

  1. (historical) The ruler of the Regency of Algiers (now Algeria) under the Ottoman Empire.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 29:
      [] the reigning Dey of Algiers (half of whose twenty-eight predecessors are said to have met violent ends) lost his temper with the French consul, struck him in the face with a fly-whisk, and called him ‘a wicked, faithless, idol-worshipping rascal’.

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

dey

  1. Eye dialect spelling of they, representing African American Vernacular English English.
  2. Eye dialect spelling of there, representing African American Vernacular English English. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Icelandic[edit]

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Verb[edit]

dey

  1. inflection of deyja:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English dæġ.

Noun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of day

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse þeir.

Pronoun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of þei

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old French de.

Noun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of dee

Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English there.

Verb[edit]

dey

  1. is, are