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dey

 (dā)
n.
1. Used formerly as the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
2. Used formerly as the title for rulers of the states of Tunis and Tripoli.

[French, from Turkish dayı, maternal uncle, protector, dey; akin to Old Turkic tağāy, maternal uncle.]

dey

(deɪ)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the title given to commanders or (from 1710) governors of the Janissaries of Algiers (1671–1830)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the title given to commanders or (from 1710) governors of the Janissaries of Algiers (1671–1830)
3. (Historical Terms) a title applied by Western writers to various other Ottoman governors, such as the bey of Tunis
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a title applied by Western writers to various other Ottoman governors, such as the bey of Tunis
[C17: from French, from Turkish dayi, literally: maternal uncle, hence title given to an older person]

dey

(deɪ)

n.
1. the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
2. a title sometimes used by the former rulers of Tunis and Tripoli.
[1650–60; < French < Turkish]
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Then she would gather it to her heart and pour out her love upon it in a frenzy of kisses, moaning, crying, and saying, "Dey sha'n't, oh, dey sha'nt'
De angels is gwine to 'mire you jist as much as dey does 'yo mammy.
em putt'n dey han's up 'fo' dey eyes en sayin' to David and Goliah en dem yuther prophets, 'Dat chile is dress' to indelicate fo' dis place.
Dey ain't no man kin ever sell mammy's po' little honey down de river now
Dey's done it--yes, en dey was de biggest quality in de whole bilin', too--kings
Me doubt not, sir, but you have often seen some of my people, who are what you call de parties detache: for dey go about everywhere; but me fancy you imagine not we be so considrable body as we be; and may be you will be surprize more when you hear de gypsy be as orderly and well govern people as any upon face of de earth.
Me sall no do boast of dat neider: for what can me do oderwise dan consider of de good of dose poor people who go about all day to give me always de best of what dey get.
About a tousand or two tousand year ago, me cannot tell to a year or two, as can neider write nor read, dere was a great what you call--a volution among de gypsy; for dere was de lord gypsy in dose days; and dese lord did quarrel vid one anoder about de place; but de king of de gypsy did demolish dem all, and made all his subject equal vid each oder; and since dat time dey have agree very well; for dey no tink of being king, and may be it be better for dem as dey be; for me assure you it be ver troublesome ting to be king, and always to do justice; me have often wish to be de private gypsy when me have been forced to punish my dear friend and relation; for dough we never put to death, our punishments be ver severe.
His majesty, then turning towards Jones, said, "Sir, you have hear what dey say; what punishment do you tink your man deserve?
When dey do not bite off your thumbs dey are always dying from nostalgia-homesick-for dey haf der imperfect soul, which is midway arrested in defelopment-und too much Ego.
No use goin' on; de dam willains will keep a scrougin' and slappin' each oder, Massa Stubb; dey don't hear one word; no use a-preachin' to such dam g'uttons as you call 'em, till dare bellies is full, and dare bellies is bottomless; and when dey do get em full, dey wont hear you den; for den dey sink in de sea, go fast to sleep on de coral, and can't hear not'ing at all, no more, for eber and eber.
I was goin' teh lick dat Riley kid and dey all pitched on me.