Hindi, Urdu: naiyyo


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What does "naiyyo" mean in the following sentence?

biich safar meN kahiiN meraa saath ChoR ke
tujhko qasam haiN, naiyyo, jaanaa dil toR ke

Is it an endearment term? Does it mean (wild guess follows) "boatman", and by extension "lover" (नैया/نيا) akin to Punjabi māhī ?
It belongs again to the song "Dil Lagaa Liyaa" and the translation given is something like:

In the middle of this journey, leaving my side,
you must vow that you won't go away, breaking my heart.

Which part of all this is naiyyo ????
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