Etymology 1


aye (not comparable)

(archaic) ever, always

Etymology 2



yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.

Usage notes

• It is much used in Scotland, the north and Midlands of England, the northern counties of Ireland, North Wales, as well as in Australia and New Zealand (where it may follow rather than precede a statement). Also notably seen in viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc, or in nautical contexts.


• yes

• yea


• nay

• no


aye (plural ayes)

An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.


• yes

Etymology 3

Probably of multiple motivations, the sounds having been chosen for functional reasons.



(Multicultural London English, regional African-American Vernacular) an attention grabber

Synonyms: hey, oi, I say


• yae, yea


Proper noun

Aye (plural Ayes)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Aye is the 15938th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 1823 individuals. Aye is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (70.16%), White (17.11%), and Black/African American (10.09%) individuals.


• yae, yea

Source: Wiktionary

Aye, Ay, adv. Etym: [Perh. a modification of yea, or from the interjection of admiration or astonishment, OE. ei, ey, why, hey, ay, well, ah, ha. Cf. MHG. & G. ei, Dan. ej. Or perh. akin to aye ever.]

Definition: Yes; yea; -- a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question. It is much used in viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc.

Note: This word is written I in the early editions of Shakespeare and other old writers.

Aye, n.

Definition: An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative; as, "To call for the ayes and noes;" "The ayes have it."

Aye, Ay, adv. Etym: [Icel. ei, ey; akin to AS. a, awa, always, Goth. aiws an age, Icel. æfi, OHG, , L. aevum, Gr. je, Skr. course. Age, v., Either, a., Or, conj.]

Definition: Always; ever; continually; for an indefinite time. For his mercies aye endure. Milton. For aye, always; forever; eternally.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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