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ever; always.
(used to express regret or sorrow.)
aye1 .
Historical Examples

I’ll have the words from her own lips—words, ay, and kisses also!
Nicanor – Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor

“ay, ay,” said Tibble, regarding him with a well-pleased face.
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge

Yet he was greatly surprised when the young girl said quietly, “ay.”
The Bell-Ringer of Angel’s and Other Stories Bret Harte

“ay, sure, both of us; but Ambrose is the best scribe,” said Stephen.
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge

The ash sticks in the waist-boat were doing their best, as the loud “ay, ay!”
There She Blows! William Hussey Macy

Tis none other that the Dean sets forth, ay, and the book that I have here.
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge

ay, ay, ay; the times have degenerated in every thing;—even in harps.
The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett

I gave it—ay, I gave it to a youth that came to mine aid, and reclaimed a falcon for me!
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge

ay, go you round through the underbrush and leave me to tell her.
Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin

“ay, yes, there is nothing wonderful in that,” answered the voice.
Green Mansions W. H. Hudson

(archaic, poetic) ever; always
(archaic, poetic) an expression of misery or surprise
sentence substitute, noun
a variant spelling of aye1

see aye.
any (shortwave transmission)


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