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From Middle English yesternyght, yisternight, from Old English ġiestranniht (yesternight), equivalent to yester- +‎ night.


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yesternight (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Last night.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, act IV, scene 1:
      What man was he talk'd with you yesternight
      Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible[1], 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[2]:
      [] 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[3]:
      [] 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[.]





yesternight (plural yesternights)

  1. (archaic) A preceding night.