Used to express negative opposition or dissent, especially in a vote.
Middle english: from old english nā, ne "not", of germanic origin.
- The motion was put to a vote and the nays had it.
- The town council voted overwhelmingly to approve the new project, with only a few nays.
- I asked him if he wanted to come along, but he said nay.
- The proposal was put to the test, and to everyone's surprise, there were more nays than yeas.
- The question was put to the audience, and a resounding chorus of nays filled the room.