American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ever; always; for ever; continually; for an indefinite time.
- Ever: indefinitely, after if.
- Ah! O! oh! an exclamation expressing surprise, interest, regret, etc., according to the manner of utterance.
- Ay me! ah me! an expression of regret or sorrow.
- See aye.
- n. See aye.
- n. See ey.
- n. A sparkling wine taking its name from the town of Ay in the department of Marne, France. See champagne.
- n. A common English digraph (pron. ā), formerly interchangeable in most instances with ai, but now the regular form when final, occurring medially only in certain positions. Historically it represents, in words of Anglo-Saxon origin, a (æ) or e with an absorbed guttural, as in clay, day, lay, may, say, stay, etc.; in words of Scandinavian, Romanic, Latin, or other origin, various diphthongs, ai, ei, etc., as in
ay, nay, ray, ray, stay, etc. In recent words it is the ordinary representative of the sound ā when final. See further under ai.
- interj. Ah! alas!
- interj. alternative spelling of aye ("yes")
- interj. New Zealand spelling of eh (question tag)
- adv. Always; ever.
- adj. For an indefinite time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. Ah! alas!
- adv. Same as aye.
“_Let them hang_,' ay -- (_ay_) 'and BURN TOO,' was 'the disposition' they had 'thwarted', -- measuring 'the quarry of _the quartered slaves_,' which it _would_ make, 'would the nobility but lay aside their ruth.”
“Imbes na pagbabago, imbes na kaunlaran, ang nasaksihan natin ay ang kabaligtaran.”
“The laugh of an Uma-ay is an ominous sign, it means misfortune or even death,' the tribal hunter said in the Hiliga-onon dialect.”
“Ayun pagkatapos kumain ay nagpalit ako ng t-shirt para kunwari naligo pero hindi naman talaga tapos pumunta na kami kayla Keisha at sa daan nakoh ....”
“Pagbabang pagbaba namin ay bumuhos ang malakas na ulan.”
“Edi ayun binasa ko na at pagkatapos kong basahon ang dapat kong basahin ay tinanong na ako ni Sir ...”
“Ngayon, susubukan kong magpahaba uli ng buhok (bago ako kinasal, mahaba talaga ang buhok ko, tawag nga ng iba sa akin ay "si ponytail").”
“Turkish tea or Çay is produced on the eastern Black Sea coast, which has a mild climate with high precipitation and fertile soil.”
“Sometimes I think it's what's meant by the unpardonable sin – ay, that I do!”
“Ab in Hebrew, abba in Syriac, pater in Greek and Latin, vater in Low Dutch, pere in French, padre in Spanish and Italian, father in English -- ay, even the child's papa and the infant's daddy -- all come from one root.”
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