from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used before me to express distress or regret.
  • n. Variant of aye1.
  • adv. Variant of aye2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Same as aye.
  • interj. Ah! alas!

from The 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.


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