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yea1

[yey] /yeɪ/
adverb
1.
yes (used in affirmation or assent).
2.
indeed:
Yea, and he did come.
3.
not only this but even:
a good, yea, a noble man.
noun
4.
an affirmation; an affirmative reply or vote.
5.
a person who votes in the affirmative.
Origin of yea1
900
before 900; Middle English ye, ya, Old English gēa; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic ja

yea2

[yey] /yeɪ/
adverb
1.
yay2 .

yay2

or yea

[yey] /yeɪ/
adverb, Informal.
1.
to the extent, amount, etc., indicated:
The doll is about yay high.
Origin
probably < yea1
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British Dictionary definitions for yea

yea

/jeɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
a less common word for aye1 (sense 1)
adverb
2.
(sentence modifier) (archaic or literary) indeed; truly: yea, though my enemies spurn me, I shall prevail
Word Origin
Old English gēa; related to Old Frisian jē, Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German jā, Gothic jai

yay

/jeɪ/
interjection
1.
(informal) an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from yeah
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Word Origin and History for yea

Old English gea (West Saxon), ge (Anglian) "so, yes," from Proto-Germanic *ja-, *jai-, a word of affirmation (cf. German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ja), from PIE *yam-, from pronomial stem *i- (see yon).

yay

"this," as in yay big "this big," 1950s, perhaps from yea "yes" in its sense of "even, truly, verily." "a sort of demonstrative adverb used with adjectives of size, height, extent, etc., and often accompanied by a hand gesture indicating size" [DAS].

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Slang definitions & phrases for yea

yawner

noun

Something boring; a tedious account: Most of the time, stories about child care are a snooze, total yawners (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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