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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
900
before 900; Middle English ye, ya, Old English gēa; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic ja

yea2

[yey] /yeɪ/
adverb
1.
yay2 .
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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
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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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for yea

yay

adverb

To this extent; this; so •A sort of demonstrative adverb used with adjectives of size, height, extent, etc, and often accompanied by a hand gesture indicating size: Dorsey almost did him in yea years ago/ Helen Venable said she'd swear on a stack of Bibles yea high

[1950s+; perhaps fr yea, ''yes,'' specialized fr an earlier sense ''even, truly, verily'' to something like ''even so, truly so, verily so''; perhaps fr Pennsylvania German, based on German je]


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