Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.
Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.
am not, is not, are not, have not, or has not: I ain’t seen it
1706, originally a contraction of am not, and in proper use with that sense until it began to be used as a generic contraction for are not, is not, etc., in early 19c. Cockney dialect of London; popularized by representations of this in Dickens, etc., which led to the word being banished from correct English.
Something or someone emphatically is not Said as a wry and intensive negator in a comparative statement: My joint? Buckingham palace it ain’t/ Well, she sings OK, but Barbra Streisand she ain’t
[perhaps fr a Yiddish syntactic pattern]
- Ain’t hay
ain’t hay Related Terms that ain’t hay
Greek form of . Historical Examples Aias and Hektor and Aineias hurl enormous masses of rock as easily as an ordinary man would throw a pebble. Myths and Myth-Makers John Fiske
. determiner a Scot word for own noun a variant of ayin noun a department in E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Bourg. Pop: 539 006 (2003 est). Area: 5785 sq km (2256 sq miles) a river in E France, rising in the Jura Mountains and flowing south to the Rhône. Length: 190 km […]