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way | toy |

In obsolete terms the difference between way and toy

is that way is to travel while toy is an old story; a silly tale.

As an interjection way

is it is true.

As an adverb way

is much.

As a proper noun Way

is christianity in translations of texts from the 1st century AD, notably the Acts of the Apostles.



(wikipedia way)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) wei, wai, weighe, from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* waye (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • (lb) To do with a place or places.
  • #A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
  • #:
  • #*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • #*:The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
  • #*(John Evelyn) (1620-1706)
  • #*:The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
  • #*, chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.}}
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere.
  • #A means to enter or leave a place.
  • #:
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
  • #A roughly-defined geographical area.
  • #:
  • A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , chapter=4, title= Lord Stranleigh Abroad , passage=“[…] That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh.
  • *
  • , chapter=2, title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way' she laughed, cackling like a hen, the ' way she talked to the waiters and the maid,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • (lb) Personal interaction.
  • #Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
  • #:
  • #Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
  • #:
  • (lb) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
  • (lb) Speed, progress, momentum.
  • *1977 , (w, Richard O'Kane), Clear the Bridge: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang , Ballantine Books (2003), p.343:
  • *:Ten minutes into the run Tang slowed, Welch calling out her speed as she lost way .
  • A degree, an amount, a sense.
  • :
  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=That concertina was a wonder in its way . The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.}}
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  • Quotations
    * (path or direction) "Do you know the way to San Jose?" [ : "It's a long way to Tipperary, / it's a long way to go." [It’s a Long Way to Tipperary , a marching and music hall song by Jack Judge and Henry "Harry" James Williams, popularized especially by British troops in World War One] * (a tradition within Heathenry) To walk the Way of the Runes, you must experience the runes as they manifest both in the part of Midgard that lies outside yourself and the worlds within. (Diana Paxson)
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * by way of * by the way * change one's ways * come one's way * either way * every which way * give way * go all the way * go out of one's way * have it both ways * in a way * in the way * in the way of * have a way with * have one's way * have one's wicked way * know one's way around * lose one's way * no way * no way to treat a lady * on the way * one way or another * right of way * runway * slipway * taxiway * the way things are * the way to a man's heart is through his stomach * wayfinding * way in * way of all flesh * Way of the Cross * way of the world / ways of the world * way of life * way off * way out * waybill * way to go


    (en interjection)
  • It is true.
  • *
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To travel.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.ii:
  • on a time as they together way'd , / He made him open chalenge [...].



    Etymology 2

    Apheresis of (m).

    Alternative forms

    * (dated)


  • (informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.
  • I'm way too tired to do that.
    I'm a way better singer than she.
  • * 2006 , , Volume 32, Issues 1-6, page 132,
  • It turns out that's way more gain than you need for a keyboard, but you don't have to use all of it to benefit from the sonic characteristics.
  • (slang, with positive adjective) Very.
  • I'm way tired
    String theory is way cool, except for the math.
  • * 2005 , Erika V. Shearin Karres, Crushes, Flirts, & Friends: A Real Girl's Guide to Boy Smarts , page 16,
  • With all the way cool boys out there, what if you don't recognize them because you don't know what to look for? Or, what if you have a chance to pick a perfect Prince and you end up with a yucky Frog instead?
  • (informal) Far.
  • I used to live way over there.
    The farmhouse is way down the bottom of the hill.
    * (much) far, much, loads * (very) so, very

    Etymology 3

    From the sound it represents, by analogy with other velar letters such as kay'' and ''gay .


    (en noun)
  • The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.
  • toy



    (en noun)
  • Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child.
  • A thing of little importance or value; a trifle.
  • * Abr. Abbot
  • They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys , great abundance of gold and pearl.
  • A simple, light piece of music, written especially for the virginal.
  • (obsolete) Love play, amorous dalliance; fondling.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.i:
  • Then seemed him his Lady by him lay, / And to him playnd, how that false winged boy, / Her chast hart had subdewd, to learne Dame pleasures toy .
  • (obsolete) A vague fancy, a ridiculous idea or notion; a whim.
  • *, vol.1, III.i.2:
  • Though they do talk with you, and seem to be otherwise employed, and to your thinking very intent and busy, still that toy runs in their mind, that fear, that suspicion, that abuse, that jealousy […].
  • * Spenser
  • To fly about playing their wanton toys .
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.
  • * Drayton
  • Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
  • (slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
  • * 2009 , Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40)
  • It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
  • * 2011 , Adam Melnyk, Visual Orgasm: The Early Years of Canadian Graffiti (page 45)
  • I was a toy until I met Sear, who moved here from Toronto and showed me the book Subway Art.
  • (obsolete) An old story; a silly tale.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (Scotland, archaic) A headdress of linen or wool that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; called also toy mutch.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Having, moreover, put on her clean toy , rokelay, and scarlet plaid.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * boy toy * chew toy * cuddly toy * sex toy * toylike * toyshop


    (en verb)
  • To play (with).
  • to toy with a piece of food on one's plate
    Figo is toying with the English defence.
  • To ponder or consider.
  • I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
  • (slang) To stimulate with a sex toy.
  • * 2013 , Jonathan Everest, Lady Loverly's Chattel
  • He could see her hand go to her slit, and soon she was toying herself along, breathing heavily.

    See also

    * game ----