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3 definitions found
 for nay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  nay \nay\ (n[=a]), adv. [Icel. nei; akin to E. no. See No,
     adv.]
     1. No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request
        made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea.
        See also Yes.
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              And eke when I say "ye," ne say not "nay."
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all
              likewise perish.                      --Luke xiii.
                                                    3.
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              And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily;
              but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
                                                    --Acts xvi.
                                                    37.
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              He that will not when he may,
              When he would he shall have nay.      --Old Prov.
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     Note: Before the time of Henry VIII. nay was used to answer
           simple questions, and no was used when the form of the
           question involved a negative expression; nay was the
           simple form, no the emphatic. --Skeat.
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     2. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to
        mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or
        more emphatic phrase.
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     Note: Nay in this sense may be interchanged with yea. "Were
           he my brother, nay, my kingdom's heir." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nay \Nay\, n.; pl. Nays.
     1. Denial; refusal.
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     2. A negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
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     It is no nay, there is no denying it. [Obs.] --haucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nay \Nay\, v. t. & i.
     To refuse. [Obs.] --Holinshed.
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