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How to Pronounce nay?

Correct pronunciation for the word "nay" is [nˈe͡ɪ], [nˈe‍ɪ], [n_ˈeɪ].

What are the misspellings for nay?

"Nay" in context

Nay is an indefinite adverb commonly used in the negative to reject a person's suggestion or opinion. Alternatively, it may be used to express surprise or disbelief. It is often used in response to questions, with an expectation that the person will provide evidence or further information before allowing the suggestion to be adopted or considered.

It is often used in conjunction with other negative responses such as 'no' or 'not really'. Where the response is used to express disbelief, it often implies that the speaker is seeking further information before accepting the suggestion. This use of the word dates back to Middle English where it was used colloquially amongst peers.

What are similar-sounding words for nay?

Usage over time for nay:

This graph shows how "nay" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.


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