dey

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See also: Dey and deþ

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A servant who has charge of the dairy; a dairymaid.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French dey, from Ottoman Turkish دایی‎ (modern 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. Pronunciation spelling of they, representing dialects with th-stopping in English.
  2. Pronunciation spelling of there, representing African American Vernacular English or Caribbean English.
    G. Modele Dale Clarke (2012) Up in Mahaica: Stories from the Market People (ebook), Xlibris: ““Boy, is horrors over dey, for so,” he said, obviously excited and anxious to be the bearer of extraordinary news. “Wat happen, somebody dead?””

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Anagrams[edit]


Cameroon Pidgin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From English there.

Predicative[edit]

dey

  1. there is, there are, indicates presence in a location
Alternative forms[edit]
See also[edit]
  • na (copula for noun phrases, indicates existence)

Etymology 2[edit]

From English they.

Pronoun[edit]

dey

  1. they, 3rd person plural subject personal pronoun
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Etymology 3[edit]

From English day.

Noun[edit]

dey

  1. day
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish دایی(dayı), from Persian دایی(dâyi, maternal uncle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɛj/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

dey m (plural deys)

  1. dey (ruler of the Regency of Algiers)

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Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

dey

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

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish دایی(dayı), from Persian دایی(dâyi, maternal uncle).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dey m (invariable)

  1. dey (ruler of the Regency of Algiers)

References[edit]

  1. ^ dey in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti, Olivetti Media Communication
  2. ^ dey in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of day

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of þei (they)

Etymology 3[edit]

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

Old Norse[edit]

Verb[edit]

dey

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

Yola[edit]

Noun[edit]

dey

  1. Alternative form of die (day)
    • 1867, “A YOLA ZONG”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 2:
      Wou'll leigh out ee dey.
      We'll idle out the day.

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 84