from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. It is so; as you say or ask. Used to express affirmation, agreement, positive confirmation, or consent.
- n. An affirmative or consenting reply.
- n. An affirmative vote or voter.
- transitive v. To give an affirmative reply to.
- interj. Used to express great satisfaction, approval, or happiness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- prep. A word used to show agreement or acceptance.
- prep. A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.
- interj. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
- n. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- n. A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
- v. To agree with, to affirm, to approve.
- v. To attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Ay; yea; -- a word which expresses affirmation or consent; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A word which expresses affirmation or consent: opposed to no. It is also used, like yea, to enforce by repetition or addition something which precedes.
- [For distinction between yes and yea, no and nay, see yea.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an affirmative
Middle English, from Old English gēse, so be it! : probably gēa, so;+ sīe, may it be so.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yes, yis, from Old English ġēse, ġīse, ġȳse, *ġīese (“yes, of course, so be it”), equivalent to ġēa ("yes", "so") + sī(e) ("may it be"). Compare yea. (Wiktionary)