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. (informal) yeah, yep, yup, yes, affirmative expression.
    Synonyms: mouaif (informal, mitigated yes), mouais (informal, mitigated yes), ouaip (informal), oui, ouep (informal), yeah (anglicism), yep (anglicism), yes (anglicism)
    T’as eu ton bac alors ? — Ouais, tranquille.
    You've got your baccalaureate then? Yeah, no problem.
  2. (informal) Used to express consent.
    Synonyms: mouais (informal), ouaip (informal), oui, ouep (informal), yep (anglicism)
    Damien est irresponsable. — Ouais ; ça lui jouera des tours.
    Damian is irresponsible. — Yeah; it will play tricks on him in the future.
  3. (dated) wow
    Synonyms: oh, ouah, mazette, purée (informal), putain (vulgar), waou, waouh
    • 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)
  4. (informal) whoo (expresses joy)
    Synonyms: hourra, yeah, yes, yippie, youpi
    Ouais, on a gagné !Whoo, we / they won!

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