- 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
to refuse or forbid
- 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.