AskDefine | Define nay

Dictionary Definition

nay n : a negative; "the nays have it" [ant: yea] adv : not this merely but also; not only so but; "each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • nā, /neɪ/, /neI/



  1. no.


  1. or even, or more like, or should I say
    His face was dirty, nay filthy.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 18.
      And even in our wildest and most wandering reveries, nay in our very dreams, we shall find, if we reflect, that the imagination ran not altogether at adventures,


or even
Portuguese: ou mesmo


  1. A vote against.
    I vote nay, even though the motion is popular, because I would rather be right than popular.
  2. A person who voted against.
    The vote is 4 in favor and 20 opposed, the nays have it.

Extensive Definition

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See also

nay in German: Nay (Begriffsklärung)
nay in Spanish: Nay
nay in French: Nay
nay in Italian: NAY
nay in Dutch: Nay

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Australian ballot, Hare system, No, abnegation, au contraire, aye, ballot, canvass, canvassing, casting vote, certainly not, con, contradiction, counting heads, cumulative voting, deciding vote, declension, declination, declinature, declining, denial, deprivation, disagreement, disallowance, disclaimer, disclamation, disobedience, dissent, division, enfranchisement, fagot vote, far from it, franchise, graveyard vote, hand vote, holding back, indeed, interest, list system, naysaying, negation, negative, negative answer, negative attitude, negativeness, negativism, negativity, nein, nit, nix, no, no such thing, non, nonacceptance, noncompliance, nonconsent, nonobservance, nontransferable vote, nope, not, not a bit, not a jot, not a whit, not really, not so, nyet, plebiscite, plebiscitum, plumper, plural vote, poll, polling, preferential voting, pro, proportional representation, proxy, quite the contrary, recantation, record vote, referendum, refusal, rejection, representation, repudiation, retention, right to vote, rising vote, say, secret ballot, show of hands, side, single vote, snap vote, straw vote, suffrage, the affirmative, the negative, thumbs-down, to the contrary, transferable vote, truly, turndown, unwillingness, verily, viva voce, voice, voice vote, vote, voting, voting right, withholding, write-in, write-in vote, yea, yeas and nays, yes
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