Boats tied up at a quay in Italy.
A concrete or stone dock for loading boats is an example of a quay.
Origin of quayMiddle English kei from Middle French cai from Celtic (as in Welsh cae and Breton kai, enclosure) from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to enclose from source hedge: eastern; English spelling, spelled influenced, influence by French quai (OFr cai), of same origin, originally
Origin of quayMiddle English keye from Old North French cai of Celtic origin
the Arsenale dockyard
- (nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.
(third-person singular simple present quays, present participle quaying, simple past and past participle quayed)
- To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".