yogh

[ yohkh ]
/ yoʊx /

noun

the letter used in the writing of Middle English to represent a palatal fricative, as in ung (Modern English young) or a velar fricative, as in litliche (Modern English lightly).

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Origin of yogh

1250–1300; Middle English yogh, yok

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British Dictionary definitions for yogh

yogh
/ (jɒɡ) /

noun

a character (ȝ) used in Old and Middle English to represent a palatal fricative very close to the semivowel sound of Modern English y, as in Old English ȝeong (young)
this same character as used in Middle English for both the voiced and voiceless palatal fricatives; when final or in a closed syllable in medial position the sound approached that of German ch in ich, as in knyȝt (knight). After the 14th century this symbol became the modern consonantal (semivocalic) y when initial or commencing a syllable, and though no longer pronounced in medial position it is preserved in many words by a modern gh, as in thought

Word Origin for yogh

C14: perhaps from yok yoke, referring to the letter's shape
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