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[yai] /yɛə/
adverb, Informal.
Origin of yeah
1900-05; variant of yea1 or yes Unabridged
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  • "yeah, but—" Lane shook his head and turned back to the window.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • yeah, Doc, the only way to get anything out of you is to blast it out, isn't it?

    Rescue Squad Thomas J. O'Hara
  • yeah, with the muzzle about a foot from my head when he let go.

    Project Mastodon Clifford Donald Simak
  • "yeah, I been kinda wondering about you," he added conversationally.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • "yeah, it sounds like a rumble," one of them says, after a while.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for yeah



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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