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.
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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. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

dey m (plural deys)

  1. dey (ruler of the Regency of Algiers)

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]

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