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 No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no.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 aye or 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.
  • To say nay; refuse.
  • To refuse; deny.
  • n. A denial; refusal.
  • n. A negative vote; hence, one who votes in the negative: as, the yeas and nays.
  • 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)



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