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yea1

[yey]
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adverb
  1. yes (used in affirmation or assent).
  2. indeed: Yea, and he did come.
  3. not only this but even: a good, yea, a noble man.
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noun
  1. an affirmation; an affirmative reply or vote.
  2. a person who votes in the affirmative.
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Origin of yea1

before 900; Middle English ye, ya, Old English gēa; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic ja

yea2

[yey]
adverb
  1. yay2.
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yay2

or yea

[yey]
adverb Informal.
  1. to the extent, amount, etc., indicated: The doll is about yay high.
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Origin of yay2

probably < yea1
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British Dictionary definitions for yea

yea

sentence substitute
  1. a less common word for aye 1 (def. 1)
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adverb
  1. (sentence modifier) archaic, or literary indeed; trulyyea, though my enemies spurn me, I shall prevail
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Word Origin

Old English gēa; related to Old Frisian jē, Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German jā, Gothic jai

yay

interjection
  1. informal an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from yeah
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Word Origin and History for yea

Old English gea (West Saxon), ge (Anglian) "so, yes," from Proto-Germanic *ja-, *jai-, a word of affirmation (cf. German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ja), from PIE *yam-, from pronomial stem *i- (see yon).

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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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