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From Middle English yesternyght, yisternight, from Old English ġiestranniht (“yesternight”), equivalent to yester- + night.
yesternight (not comparable)
- (archaic) Last night.
- c. 1598, William Shakespeare, “Act IV, Scene 1”, in Much Ado About Nothing:
- What man was he talk'd with you yesternight
Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 31:29:
- It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
- 1820, Walter Scott, chapter 6, in Ivanhoe:
- […] when the Templar crossed the hall yesternight, he spoke to his Mussulman slaves in the Saracen language, which I well understand, and charged them this morning to watch the journey of the Jew […]
- 1847, Emily Brontë, chapter 29, in Wuthering Heights:
- […] she has disturbed me, night and day, through eighteen years—incessantly—remorselessly—till yesternight; and yesternight I was tranquil.
- 1885, Richard F. Burton, chapter XXII, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume I, The Burton Club, page 228:
- I came here yesternight for a call of nature and to do what none can do for me[.]
- see list in yestereve
yesternight (plural yesternights)
- (archaic) A preceding night.
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