Definition of nay adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//neɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪ//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) used to emphasize something you have just said by introducing a stronger word or phrase Such a policy is difficult, nay impossible.
  2. 2(old use or dialect) no
  3. compare yea
    Word OriginMiddle English (in sense (2)): from Old Norse nei, from ne ‘not’ + ei ‘ever’.