yay

1
[ yey ]
/ yeɪ /

interjection Informal.

(an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)

Nearby words

  1. yawnsome,
  2. yawny,
  3. yawp,
  4. yaws,
  5. yaxchilán,
  6. yayoi,
  7. yazata,
  8. yazd,
  9. yazidi,
  10. yazoo

Origin of yay

1
First recorded in 1960–65; perhaps alteration of yeah

yay

2

or yea

[ yey ]
/ yeɪ /

adverb Informal.

to the extent, amount, etc., indicated: The doll is about yay high.

Origin of yay

2
probably < yea1

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British Dictionary definitions for yay

yay

/ (jeɪ) /

interjection

informal an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph

Word Origin for yay

C20: perhaps from yeah

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Word Origin and History for yay

yay

"this," as in yay big "this big," 1950s, perhaps from yea "yes" in its sense of "even, truly, verily." "a sort of demonstrative adverb used with adjectives of size, height, extent, etc., and often accompanied by a hand gesture indicating size" [DAS].

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