yea

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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From Middle English ye, ȝea, from Old English ġēa, (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, jee(yes), West Frisian ja(yes), Dutch ja(yes), German ja(yes, yea), Swedish ja, jo(yes, well, indeed), Icelandic (yes), Latin iam(now, already), Italian già(now, already), Spanish ya(now, already). Doublet of yeah.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

yea ‎(not comparable)

  1. (dated) Yes.
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      Yea, have not too many amongst us added to their unreformation an impudence in sinning?
  2. Thus, so (now often accompanied by a hand gesture).
    The pony was yea high.

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Conjunction[edit]

yea

  1. (archaic) Or even, or more like, nay. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one.
    • c. 1633, The Flea, by John Donne
      O stay, three lives in one flea spare,
      Where we almost, yea, more than married are.

Interjection[edit]

yea

  1. (in some dialects of American English, including Southern, Western, and African American Vernacular) Yeah, right, yes.
  2. Misspelling of yay.
  3. (proscribed) Alternative spelling of yeah.

Noun[edit]

yea ‎(plural yeas)

  1. An affirmative vote, usually but not always spoken
    • 2009, January 6, Still Broken After All These Years[1]:
      Recently senators could fax in their yeas or nays to the committee chairman.

Antonyms[edit]

  • (An affirmative vote): nay

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