Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb So; by this amount.
  • interjection Used as an exclamation of pleasure, approval, elation, or victory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The name of the letter for the y sound in Pitman shorthand.
  • interjection colloquial Alternative form of yea (yes).
  • interjection colloquial An expression of happiness.
  • adverb so, this (accompanied by a hand gesture)

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  • noun a branch of the Tai languages

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from yea.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of yea.]

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Alteration of yea ("yes; even, truly, verily"). More at yea.

Examples

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  • As in "Yay or nay?"

    February 6, 2007

  • I like this one as a phrasing of the word yes in a yippee sort of way. "Yay!"

    August 20, 2007

  • Huzzah!

    August 20, 2007

  • as in YAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008