- Nay is defined as not only one thing, but also another.
An example of nay is to say that a young woman has contributed to a community with many helpful and lifesaving actions.
- Nay is a way of saying no or when voting no.
An example of nay is saying no to someone who asks you out.
- no: now seldom used except in voting by voice
- not that only, but also: used to reinforce a statement: I permit, nay, encourage it
Origin of nayMiddle English ; from Old Norse nei ; from ne, not + ei, ever: see aye
- a refusal or denial
- a negative vote or a person voting in the negative
- a negative answer
say someone nay
- No: All but four Democrats voted nay.
- And moreover: He was ill-favored, nay, hideous.
- A denial or refusal.
- A negative vote or voter.
Origin of nayMiddle English, from Old Norse nei : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + ei, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) no
- A vote against.
- I vote nay, even though the motion is popular, because I would rather be right than popular.
- A person who voted against.
- The vote is 4 in favor and 20 opposed, the nays have it.
(third-person singular simple present nays, present participle naying, simple past and past participle nayed)
- (obsolete) To refuse.
- Ayn, AYN