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).

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 form of yeah.

Noun[edit]

yea ‎(plural yeas)

  1. An affirmative vote, usually but not always spoken

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