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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit

InterjectionEdit

yay

  1. (colloquial) An expression of happiness.
    Yay! I have finally finished my work!
  2. Misspelling of yea.
SynonymsEdit
  • (an expression of happiness): hooray
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

yay (not comparable)

  1. Alternative spelling of yea
    The tree was yay big.

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From the sound it represents, by analogy with the other palatal letters chay and jay.

NounEdit

yay (plural yays)

  1. The letter for the y sound in Pitman shorthand.
Related termsEdit
  • wye, the name of the Latin letter for this sound

Etymology 3Edit

From Spanish llello.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

yay (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang) Cocaine (powder or crack).
    • 2006, "They Shootin'", Vibe, December 2006:
      In Billy Corben's engrossing new documentary, Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia Pictures), self-described "assassin" Jorge "Rivi" Ayala (among others) give up the goods on Miami's explosive early '80s yay trade.
    • 2009, Tyrone Pierson, Murder in the Moonlight, AuthorHouse (2009), →ISBN, page 339:
      I'm in charge of a whole city block, and I always wear gloves when I touch the yay, cuz traces of cocaine show up on my u. a., when I touch it with my bare hands.
    • 2012, Azealia Banks, "Liquorice", 1991:
      I don't do yay, but if you want to, fine
SynonymsEdit

AzerbaijaniEdit

Other scripts
Cyrillic јај
Roman yay
Perso-Arabic یای
 
Almaniyada yay vaxtı çəmənlikA meadow in Germany in the summer

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Ultimately from Proto-Turkic *yāy (summer).

NounEdit

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. summer

See alsoEdit

Seasons in Azerbaijani · ? (layout · text)
yaz (spring) yay (summer) payız (autumn) qış (winter)

Etymology 2Edit

Ultimately from Proto-Turkic *yā(y) (bow).

 
yay

NounEdit

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. bow (a weapon made of a curved piece of wood whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows)

DeclensionEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

yay

  1. Alternative form of þei

ReferencesEdit


TurkishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Ottoman Turkish یای(yay), from Proto-Turkic *yā(y) (bow).

Cognate with Azerbaijani, Crimean Tatar yay Gagauz yay or yayı, Bashkir йәйә (yäyä) or ян (yan), Chuvash ҫу (śu), Nogai яй (yay), Khakas чаӌах (çacax), Karaim yay, Karakalpak jay, Kazakh жай (jay), Kyrgyz жаа (caa) ,Southern Altai јаа (ǰaa, bow), Tatar җәйә (cäyä) ,Turkmen ýaaý, Uzbek yoy,Tuvan ча (ča), Uyghur يا(ya) etc.

NounEdit

yay (definite accusative yayı, plural yaylar)

  1. bow (weapon)

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

yay

  1. second-person singular imperative of yaymak