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Definition of nay:

  1. a negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
  2. Denial; refusal.
  3. No; - a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. See Yes.
  4. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; - used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
  5. To refuse.


affirm, of course not, not really, refusal, no way, inasmuch as, no, rejection, on no account/not on any account, besides, precisely, hardly, nope, i.e., indeed, because, by no means, nothing doing, explain, certainly not, yea, truly, look at, since, as, nix, no dice, verily, not.

Usage examples:

  • Nay, how could he let you go?

    - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  • Nay, he is not that, mein Herr!

    - "A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest", Amelia B. Edwards.
  • Nay, not at thy years, mother.

    - "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.