ETYM Old Eng. a: cf. Old Fren. a, French ah, Latin ah, Greek a, Sk. â, Icel. ae, Old High Germ. â, Lith. á, áá.
An exclamation, expressive of surprise, pity, complaint, entreaty, contempt, threatening, delight, triumph, etc., according to the manner of utterance.
ETYM Old Eng. ei, ey.
A interjection used in asking a question or requesting confirmation.
Used to ask for confirmation or repetition or to express inquiry; used especially in Canadian English in anticipation of the listener's or reader's agreement.