- (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
Origin of yay1
- to the extent, amount, etc., indicated: The doll is about yay high.
Origin of yay2
Examples from the Web for yay
Contemporary Examples of yay
Yay Haley for quick thinking and Bronagh for quick status updating!A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph
November 28, 2013
But for The Hangover Part III, basically Todd just emailed me and said I was in it, and I was like, “Yay!”Heather Graham on ‘The Hangover Part III,’ Roles for Women, and More
May 24, 2013
If we did this, the policy costs for likely criminals would go up--yay!Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?
December 28, 2012
Historical Examples of yay
He did so, and when he reached the bottom he found the yay there awaiting him.The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
At this moment a shout was heard from the alley, "Yay, Penrod!"
Ickle bother can't say nuffin, without me to sow him the yay of it.The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Today Yay Nuni was granted an allowance of 15 laks from Parsarr,2668 made to put on a dress of honour, and given his leave.The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
"Yay," sed the Shaker, and he led the way into the house, another Shaker bein sent to put my hosses and waggin under kiver.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward
Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
- informal an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph
Word Origin for 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].