thay

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See also: thảy, thây, thấy, thầy, and thẩy

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Article[edit]

thay

  1. Pronunciation spelling of the.
    • 1861, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown at Oxford[1]:
      "The chaps as catches the big fishes, sir," went on the keeper, getting confidential, "is thay cussed night-line poachers."

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

thay

  1. Pronunciation spelling of say, to indicate a speaker with a speech impediment such as a lisp.
    • 1868, Sophie May, Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's[2]:
      "Good girlth don't thay tho," said sweet little Charlie rather shocked.
    • 1903, Burt L. Standish, Frank Merriwell's Bravery[3]:
      Do you mean to thay I am no gentleman, thir?

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

thay

  1. Obsolete spelling of they
    • 1506, Alexander Barclay, The Ship of Fools, Volume 1[4]:
      Yet fynde I another sort almoste as bad as thay.
    • 1566, John Knox, The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)[5]:
      But potent is he against whome thei faught; for when thay wicked war in greatast securitie, then begane God to schaw his anger.
    • 1838, William Makepeace Thackeray, Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush[6]:
      Law bless us! there was four of us on this stairkes, four as nice young men as you ever see: Mr. Bruffy's young man, Mr. Dawkinses, Mr. Blewitt's, and me--and we knew what our masters was about as well as thay did theirselfs.

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Middle English[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

thay

  1. Alternative form of þei (they)

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (SV: thế).

Verb[edit]

thay (𠊝, 𠳙, 𠼷, 𫢼, )

  1. to change; to replace
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Etymology 2[edit]

Adverb[edit]

thay

  1. Used as a modifier to indicate surprise.
    • 2016, Trầm Hương, Trong cơn lốc xoáy, part I, NXB Phụ nữ, page 24:
      Kỳ lạ thay, sự lạnh lẽo của Luisa với đàn ông lại là nguồn năng lượng dồi dào làm tiệm nhuộm của cô khởi sắc.
      How strange: Luisa's aloofness towards men was an abundant source of energy making her dyeing shop thrive.
    Synonym: ơi