from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used before me to express distress or regret.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See aye.
  • noun See aye.
  • noun See ey.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.
  • noun A sparkling wine taking its name from the town of Ay in the department of Marne, France. See champagne.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection Ah! alas!
  • adverb Same as aye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection Ah! alas!
  • interjection Alternative spelling of aye ("yes")
  • interjection New Zealand spelling of eh (question tag)
  • adverb Always; ever.
  • adjective For an indefinite time.


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