Nearby words

  1. yersinia enterocolitica,
  2. yersinia pestis,
  3. yersinia pseudotuberculosis,
  4. yersiniosis,
  5. yerwa-maiduguri,
  6. yes and no,
  7. yes man,
  8. yes, virginia, there is a santa claus,
  9. yes-man,
  10. yes-no question

Origin of yes

before 900; Middle English yes, yis, Old English gēse (adv. and noun), probably equivalent to gēa yea1 + be it (present subjunctive singular of bēon to be)

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British Dictionary definitions for yeses

yes

/ (jɛs) /

sentence substitute

used to express acknowledgment, affirmation, consent, agreement, or approval or to answer when one is addressed
used, often with interrogative intonation, to signal someone to speak or keep speaking, enter a room, or do something

noun

an answer or vote of yes
(often plural) a person who votes in the affirmative
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Word Origin for yes

Old English gēse, from iā sīe may it be; see yea

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Word Origin and History for yeses

yes

Old English gise, gese "so be it!," probably from gea, ge "so" (see yea) + si "be it!," third person imperative of beon "to be" (see be). Originally stronger than simple yea. Used in Shakespeare mainly as an answer to negative questions. Yes-man is first recorded 1912, American English.

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