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nay

adverb uk   /neɪ/ us  

nay adverb (EVEN MORE)

formal used to introduce a second and more extreme phrase in a sentence when the first phrase was not strong enough: It is my pleasure, nay (my) privilege, to introduce tonight's guest speaker.

nay adverb (NO)

Northern for no adverb : Nay lass, don't cry.
Translations of “nay”
in Chinese (Traditional) 甚至更, 不僅如此,而且…
in Chinese (Simplified) 甚至更, 不仅如此,而且…
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