Quay Definition

kē, kā, kwā
quays
noun
A wharf, usually of concrete or stone, for use in loading and unloading ships.
Webster's New World
The definition of a quay is a wharf or platform built into the water and used to load or unload ships or other sea vessels.
A concrete or stone dock for loading boats is an example of a quay.
YourDictionary
verb
To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Quay

Noun

Singular:
quay
Plural:
quays

Origin of Quay

  • From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum (“enclosure"), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (“pen, enclosure") (compare Welsh cae (“hedge")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English keye from Old North French cai of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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