The Alternative English Dictionary: affy

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etymology 1 From xno afier, from ll affidare.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To trust (in someone or something); to rely (on). {{defdate}}
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, First Folio 1623, I.1: Marcus Andronicus, so I do affie / In thy vprightnesse and Integrity […].
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To promise to marry (someone); to be engaged to. {{defdate}}
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.8: He, though affide unto a former love, / To whom his faith he firmely ment to hold, / […] Her graunted love, but with affection cold […].
etymology 2 Shortening of affidavit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An affidavit to be signed by a contest winner to confirm eligibility.
    • 1997, "Sandretto", Singapore Contest.... (on newsgroup alt.consumers.sweepstakes) If you have won a monthly prize, they will send you an affy and have you send it back. Then your prize comes from a courier.
    • 1999, "Suzy", Any BIG winners? (on newsgroup alt.consumers.sweepstakes) The contest ended in mid November, I got the affy Christmas eve, and I picked up the car February 4th or 5th.

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