From Middle English way, wey, from Old English weġ (“way; path”), from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Wai (“way”), West Frisian wei, Dutch weg, Low German Weg, German Weg, Danish vej, Swedish väg, Norwegian Bokmål vei, Norwegian Nynorsk veg, Latin vehō, Albanian udhë.
way (plural ways)
- (heading) To do with a place or places.
- A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
- A means to enter or leave a place.
- A roughly-defined geographical area.
- A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.
- A state or condition
- (heading) Personal interaction.
- Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
- Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
- (paganism) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
- (nautical) Speed, progress, momentum.
- A degree, an amount, a sense.
- (US, As the head of an interjectory clause) Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.
- (plural only) The timbers of shipyard stocks that slope into the water and along which a ship or large boat is launched.
- (plural only) The longitudinal guiding surfaces on the bed of a planer, lathe, etc. along which a table or carriage moves.
- (only in reply to no way) yes; it is true; it is possible
way (third-person singular simple present ways, present participle waying, simple past and past participle wayed)
- (obsolete) To travel.
Apheresis of away.
way (not comparable)
- (informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.
- (slang, with positive adjective) Very.
- (informal) Far.
From the sound it represents, by analogy with other velar letters such as kay and gay.
way (plural ways)
- The letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.