yay

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

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Interjection[edit]

yay

  1. Misspelling of yea.
  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.

Noun[edit]

yay (plural yays)

  1. 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.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

yay (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang) Cocaine (powder or crack).
    • 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

Declension[edit]

See also[edit]

Seasons in Azeri · ? (layout · text)
yaz (spring) yay (summer) payız (autumn) qış (winter)

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Cognate with Azeri, Crimean Tatar yay Gagauz yay or yayı, Bashkir йәйә (yäyä) or ян (yan), Chuvash ҫу (śu), Nogai яй (yay), Khakas чаӌах (çacax), Karaim yay, Karakalpak jay, Kazakh жай (jay), Kyrgyz жаа (caa) ,Southern Altai јаа (ǰaa, bow), Tatar җәйә (cäyä) ,Turkmen ýaaý, Uzbek yoy,Tuvan ча (ča), Uyghur يا (ya) etc.

Noun[edit]

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. bow (weapon)