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English definition of “nay”

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.
(Definition of nay from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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