nay

Definition of nay

Pronunciation:
adv.1.No; - a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes.
And eke when I say "ye," ne say not "nay."
- Chaucer.
I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
- Luke xiii. 3.
And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
- Acts xvi. 37.
He that will not when he may,
When he would he shall have nay.
- Old Prov.
2.Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; - used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
n.1.Denial; refusal.
2.A negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
It is no nay
there is no denying it.
- haucer.
v. t. & i.1.To refuse.

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