See also: ouï

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

1380; from Old French oïl (1100), compound of o affirmative particle (compare Occitan òc ‘yes’) and il ‘he, him’, akin to o-je, o nos, o vos, all ‘yes’ constructed with pronouns.[1] O and òc are both from Latin hoc ‘this’. Compare Portuguese isso ‘yes, yeah’, literally ‘this, that’. And the semantic shift is calqued on Gaulish: Compare Old Irish ‘yes’, Welsh do ‘indeed’, from Proto-Indo-European *tod (neuter) ‘this, that’.[2]

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

oui

  1. yes

AntonymsEdit

InterjectionEdit

oui

  1. yes

AntonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit

See alsoEdit

  • si ("yes" used to contradict a negative statement or question)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Trésor de la langue française informatisé, s.vv. ‘oui’, ‘oïl’, [1]
  2. ^ Peter Schrijver, Studies in the History of Celtic Pronouns and Particles, Maynooth, 1997, 15.

GuernésiaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French oïl, a contraction of o il, from Vulgar Latin.

AdverbEdit

oui

  1. yes

InterjectionEdit

oui

  1. yes
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