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[yai] /yɛə/
adverb, Informal.
Origin of yeah
1900-05; variant of yea or yes Unabridged
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  • "yeah, watch—" Baldy coughed, laid his big head slowly down face forward on the ComWeb stand, and stopping moving.

    Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
  • "yeah, but—" Lane shook his head and turned back to the window.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • Dis am de time of yeah when I feels I'se gettin' ole myse'f. I ain't long for dis worl.

  • "yeah, I been kinda wondering about you," he added conversationally.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • yeah,” Dan agreed, “but look sharp and tell me what you see.

British Dictionary definitions for yeah


sentence substitute
an informal word for yes
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Word Origin and History for yeah

American English, colloquial, by 1863, from drawling pronunciation of yes.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yeah



Talk, esp idle talk and chatter; YAK v: Mustn't yatata yatata yatata in the public library

[1940s+; echoic]

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