from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. No: All but four Democrats voted nay.
- adv. And moreover: He was ill-favored, nay, hideous.
- n. A denial or refusal.
- n. A negative vote or voter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. no
- conj. or even, or more like, or should I say. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one.
- n. A vote against.
- n. A person who voted against.
- v. To refuse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to
ayeor yea. See also yes.
- adv. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
- n. Denial; refusal.
- n. A negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
- v. To refuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- No: an expression of negation or refusal.
- Not only so, but; and not only (that which has just been mentioned), but also; indeed; in point of fact: as, the Lord is willing, nay, he desires, that all should repent.
- to deny; refuse.
- n. A denial; refusal.
- n. A negative vote; hence, one who votes in the negative: as, the yeas and nays.
- To say nay; refuse.
- To refuse; deny.
- n. A native Egyptian transverse flute, usually with six holes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. not this merely but also; not only so but
- n. a negative
Middle English, from Old Norse nei : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ei, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nai, nei, from Old Norse nei ("no"), contraction of ne ("not") + ei ("ever"). More at no. (Wiktionary)