From Middle English ye, ȝea, from Old English ġēa, iā (“yea, yes”), from Proto-Germanic *ja (“yes, thus, so”), from Proto-Indo-European *yē (“already”). Cognate with Scots yea, ya (“yes, yea, indeed, so”), Saterland Frisian ja (“yes”), West Frisian ja (“yes”), Dutch ja (“yes”), German ja (“yes, yea”), Swedish ja, jo (“yes, well, indeed”), Icelandic já (“yes”), Latin iam (“now, already”), Italian già (“now, already”).
yea (not comparable)
- (archaic) or even, or more like, nay. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one.
- (in some dialects of American English, including Southern, Western, and African American Vernacular) yeah, right, yes
- Misspelling of yeah.
yea (plural yeas)
- An affirmative vote, usually but not always spoken
2009 January 6, “Still Broken After All These Years”:
- Recently senators could fax in their yeas or nays to the committee chairman.