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hye | aye |

As an adjective hye

is .

As a verb hye

is .

As a noun aye is

broadness of fabric.




  • * {{quote-book, year=1590, author=, title=Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I, chapter=, edition=1921 ed. citation
  • , passage=On th' other side in all mens open vew Duessa placed is, and on a tree Sans-foy his[*] shield is hangd with bloody hew: Both those[*] the lawrell girlonds to the victor dew. 45 VI A shrilling trompet sownded from on hye , And unto battaill bad them selves addresse: Their shining shieldes about their wrestes they tye, And burning blades about their heads do blesse, The instruments of wrath and heavinesse: 50 With greedy force each other doth assayle, And strike so fiercely, that they do impresse Deepe dinted furrowes in the battred mayle; The yron walles to ward their blowes are weak and fraile. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1661, author=Various, title=The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 357, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The beauty and glory of it is yn two streetes, whereof the hye street goes from est to west, having a righte goodely crosse in the middle of it, making a quadrivium, and goeth from north to south." }}


  • * {{quote-book, year=1594, author=Christopher Marlowe, title=Massacre at Paris, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=NAVARRE. And now Navarre whilste that these broiles doe last, My opportunity may serve me fit, To steale from France, and hye me to my home. }}



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) aye, ai, agg, from (etyl) ei, ey, from (etyl) ).


  • (archaic) ever, always
  • References

    Etymology 2

    Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement, or from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * ay


    (en interjection)
  • yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
  • Usage notes
    It is much used in , North Wales, (viva voce) voting in legislative bodies, etc., or in nautical contexts.
    * yes * yea
    * nay * no
    * * *


    (en noun)
  • An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.
  • "To call for the ayes''' and nays;" "The '''ayes have it."
    * yes