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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express pain)
a. ow
¡Ay! ¡Acabas de pisarme el pie!Ow! You just stepped on my foot!
b. ouch
¡Ay! ¡Cómo duele!Ouch! That really hurts!
2. (used to express dismay)
a. oh dear
¡Ay! Me han robado todo.Oh dear! All my things have been stolen.
b. jeez
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Ay! Me asustaste.Jeez! You scared me.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (sound)
a. cry
Su ay se oyó en todo el recinto.His cry could be heard everywhere.
b. moan
De repente, el perro soltó un ay de dolor.All of a sudden, the dog let out a painful moan.
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ay
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. groan
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (general)
a.
¡ay!ouch!
¡ay de ti si te cojo!heaven help you if I catch you!
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ay
interjection
1 (dolor) ow!; ouch!
2 (pena) oh!; oh dear!
¡ay de mí! whatever shall I do?; ¡ay del que lo haga! woe betide the man who does it!
3 (sorpresa) oh!; goodness!
(gemido) moan; groan; (suspiro) sigh; (grito) cry
un ay desgarrador a heartrending cry
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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