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He had aways loved books, and they were now necessary to him.

Then I aways to him, and I says, ‘I wish it could have been so, but it can’t.

The man who informed me of this theory had lived there aways.

But Walpole is aways amusing when he gives anecdotes of passing things.

Whether you do good or do ill, aways do it wholly, not by halves; otherwise you yourself become the dupe.

"I hope, suh, you won't be sorry you came down this aways," Bob White spoke up.

I guess youre right, was the smiling response, well wander up Broadway aways and watch the theater crowds.

A man's obleeged to s'arch his best frien's 'fore he kin find out the'r which aways.

I aways thought he was pulling my leg, but now blessed if I don't believe him.

A thick growth of bushes lined the lake for aways, and then the footpath seemed to follow right through the undergrowth.


mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").

It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.

Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.