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[yai] /yɛə/
adverb, Informal.
Origin of yeah
1900-05; variant of yea or yes Unabridged
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  • Dis am de time of yeah when I feels I'se gettin' ole myse'f. I ain't long for dis worl.

  • "yeah, about the same time of day," Jed said, and looked at him curiously.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • yeah,” Dan agreed, “but look sharp and tell me what you see.

  • Have we fo'gotten the waising of the militia in the yeah 'seven?

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • "This is the worst time of all the yeah to be sick," fretted the Little Colonel, pausing in her restless journey around the room.

British Dictionary definitions for yeah


sentence substitute
an informal word for yes
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Word Origin and History for yeah

American English, colloquial, by 1863, from drawling pronunciation of yes.

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Yes; certainly; right: Don't say ''yeah.'' It's common (1905+)

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oh yeah

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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