From (etyl) aye, ai, agg, from (etyl) ei, ey, from (etyl) ).
(archaic) ever, always
Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement, or from (etyl) .
yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
It is much used in , North Wales, (viva voce) voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.
An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.
- "To call for the ayes''' and nays;" "The '''ayes have it."
(archaic, dialect, New England) yes; yea; aye.
* 1938 , Thornton Wilder, Our Town: A Play in Three Acts , Coward-McCann and Samuel French (1965), ISBN 0743223136:
*:“The date is May 7, 1901, just before dawn. (COCK CROW offstage.) Aya, just about.”
* 2001 , David McCullough, John Adams , Simon & Schuster (2001), ISBN 0573613494:
*:“And for all her reading, her remarkable knowledge of English poetry and literature, she was never to lose certain countrified Yankee patterns of speech, saying 'Canady' for Canada, as an example, using 'set' for sit, or the old New England 'aya,' for yes.”