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English

Etymology 1

From Old Norse ei, ey, cognate with Old English ā.

Pronunciation

Adverb

aye (not comparable)

Positive
aye

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. ever, always
Quotations

Etymology 2

Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement.

Pronunciation

Alternative spellings

Interjection

aye

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

It is much used northern dialects of English (such as Geordie), Scottish English, viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.

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References
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165

Noun

Singular
aye

Plural
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aye ({{{1}}})
  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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Translations

Scots

Adverb

aye (not comparable)

Positive
aye

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. used to show agreement or acceptance; yes

Interjection

aye!

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

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