ouais

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See also: ouaïs and -ouais

French[edit]

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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: οὐαί (ouaí) in Greek, vae in Latin, uau in Portuguese, wow in English, wau in German, guau in Spanish or vai in Romanian.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ouais

  1. (obsolete) wow
    Synonyms: waouh, ouah
    • Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, 1832
      Ouais! dit le roi en se grattant l'oreille gauche avec la main droite, cela fait un bon bout de ma ville !
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. whoo (expresses joy)
    Ouais, on a gagné !
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  3. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
    Synonyms: oui, mouais, yes
    T’as eu ton bac alors ? — Ouais, tranquille.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)

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