ouais

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Etymology[edit]

From oui via dialectal variants; also possibly from oyez
Before becoming an informal synonym of oui, the word was exclamatory. According to Auguste Scheler, it could be linked to Indo-European roots: vae in Latin, uau in Portuguese, wow in English, wau in German, guau in Spanish or vai in Romanian.

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ouais

  1. (obsolete) wow
    Ouais! dit le roi en se grattant l'oreille gauche avec la main droite, cela fait un bon bout de ma ville ! (Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, 1832)
  2. (expresses joy) whoo
    Ouais, on a gagné !
  3. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
    - T’as eu ton bac alors ? - Ouais, tranquille.

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