yes

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English yes, from Old English ġīese. Compare yea.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jɛs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Particle[edit]

yes

  1. Used to show agreement or acceptance.
    Yes, you are correct.
    Yes, you may go play outside now.
    Yes, sir, we have your package right here.
  2. Used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.
    It was not my fault we lost the race.
    Oh, yes, it was!
  3. (sometimes humorous) Answer to a question presuming one answer when all answers are correct.
    Do you like cake or pie?
    Yes.
  4. An exclamation of pleasure or approval, usually transcribed with an exclamation point.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Old and Middle English, yes was a more forceful affirmative than yea.
  • An example of yes used to disagree with a statement: the questions "You don’t want it, do you?" and "Don’t you want it?" are answered by "yes" if the respondent does want the item, and "no" if not. Many languages use a specific word for this purpose; see translation table below.

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (expression of agreement or acceptance): nod

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
    Our second goal of the match! Yes!
    Antonym: no
  2. Response that confirms that the user is paying attention.
  3. (With questioning intonation) used to ask for more information with a request.
    I need some help.
    Yes?

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

yes (plural yeses or yesses)

  1. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    Was that a yes?
    Synonyms: aye, yea, nod
    Antonyms: no, nay
  2. A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
    The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
    Synonyms: aye, yea
    Antonym: nay

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

yes (third-person singular simple present yeses or yesses, present participle yessing, simple past and past participle yessed)

  1. (colloquial, transitive) to agree with, affirm, approve.
    Did he yes the veto?
    • 1972 Oct, Barth, John, “Perseid”, in Harper's Magazine, page 79:
      "That's really what you wanted?" I yessed both; ...
    Synonyms: agree, consent, nod
  2. (slang) to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

yes

  1. second-person singular present indicative of ser

Coatepec Nahuatl[edit]

Noun[edit]

yes

  1. blood.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yes.

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. (colloquial) Expression of triumph, vehement approval, etc.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yes.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. (colloquial) yay (exclamation of happiness or enthusiasm)
    Synonym: jee

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yes.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. (chiefly Quebec, colloquial) yes!
    Synonym: oui

Ido[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Esperanto jes, from English yes.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

yes

  1. yes
    Antonym: no

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

yes (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of is (ice)

Etymology 2[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. Alternative form of yis (yes)

Etymology 3[edit]

Determiner[edit]

yes

  1. (East Anglia) Alternative form of þes (these)

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

yes

  1. (Late Middle English) plural of ye (eye)

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (everywhere but Argentina and Uruguay) /ˈʝes/, [ˈɟ͡ʝes]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /ˈʃes/, [ˈʃes]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /ˈʒes/, [ˈʒes]

Noun[edit]

yes

  1. plural of ye

Tocharian B[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

yes

  1. you (plural), you all

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yes.

Particle[edit]

yes

  1. yes (word used to show agreement or acceptance)

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. yes (used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement)