yay

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of yea (yes; even, truly, verily). More at yea.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yay

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of yea (yes).
  2. (colloquial) An expression of happiness.
    Yay! I have finally finished my work!
Synonyms[edit]
  • (an expression of happiness): hooray
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Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

yay (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly US) so, this (accompanied by a hand gesture)
    The pony was yay high.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From the sound it represents, by analogy with the other palatal letters chay and jay.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: “Same as Ety 1 pron? If so, move Ety 1 pron above Ety 1 at level 3”

Noun[edit]

yay (plural yays)

  1. The name of the letter for the y sound in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms[edit]
  • wye, the name of the Latin letter for this sound

Etymology 3[edit]

From Spanish llello.

Noun[edit]

yay (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang) Cocaine.
    • 2006, "They Shootin'", Vibe, December 2006:
      In Billy Corben's engrossing new documentary, Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia Pictures), self-described "assassin" Jorge "Rivi" Ayala (among others) give up the goods on Miami's explosive early '80s yay trade.
    • 2009, Tyrone Pierson, Murder in the Moonlight, AuthorHouse (2009), ISBN 9781438965154, page 339:
      I'm in charge of a whole city block, and I always wear gloves when I touch the yay, cuz traces of cocaine show up on my u. a., when I touch it with my bare hands.
    • 2012, Azealia Banks, "Liquorice", 1991:
      I don't do yay, but if you want to, fine
Synonyms[edit]

Azeri[edit]

Noun[edit]

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. summer

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Turkic ya, from Proto-Turkic *jā(j) (bow).

Noun[edit]

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. bow (weapon)