• Quay

    Pronunciation

    • UK enPR: , IPA: /kiː/
    • US IPA: /keɪ/, /kweɪ/
    • Rhymes: -iː
    • Homophones: key in certain pronunciations

    Origin

    From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish *kagyum, cagiíun ("enclosure"), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom ("pen, enclosure") (compare Welsh cae ("hedge")), from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰom ("enclosure").

    Full definition of quay

    Noun

    quay

    (plural quays)
    1. (nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.

    Derived terms

    Verb

    1. To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".
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