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Webster 1913 Edition


Aye

Aye

,
Noun.
An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative;
as, “To call for the
ayes
and noes;” “The
ayes
have it.”

Definition 2021


aye

aye

See also: ayé

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /eɪ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • (sometimes proscribed)[1] IPA(key): /aɪ/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophones: ay, eye, I

Adverb

aye (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) ever, always
Quotations
  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:aye.
References
  1. J[ohn] A. Simpson and E[dward] S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.

Etymology 2

Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement or affirmation, or from Middle English a ye (oh yes). More at oh, yea.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aɪ/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
  • Homophones: ay, eye, I

Alternative forms

Interjection

aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
Usage notes

It is much used in Scotland, the north and Midlands of England, the northern counties of Ireland, North Wales, viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.

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References
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin,
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165

Noun

aye (plural ayes)

  1. An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.
    "To call for the ayes and nays;" "The ayes have it."
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Scots

Etymology

From Old Norse ei, ey, cognate with Old English ā. See the etymology for the English word above.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aɪ/

Adverb

aye (not comparable)

  1. always, still
    A'll aye be wi ye an A'm nae carin whit thay say – I will always/ still be with you and I don't care what they say

Interjection

aye

  1. yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question