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EtymologyEdit

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), from Proto-Indo-European *yē (already). Compare yea.

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

yes

  1. A word used to show agreement or acceptance.
    Yes, you are correct.
    Yes, you may go play outside now.
    Yes, sir, we have your package right here.
  2. A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.
    It was not my fault we lost the race.
    Oh, yes, it was!

Usage notesEdit

  • In Old and Middle English, yes was a more forceful affirmative than yea.
  • An example of yes used to disagree with a statement: the questions "You don’t want it, do you?" and "Don’t you want it?" are answered by "yes" if the respondent does want the item, and "no" if not. Many languages use a specific word for this purpose; see translation table below.

SynonymsEdit

AntonymsEdit

Coordinate termsEdit

  • (expression of agreement or acceptance): nod

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

InterjectionEdit

yes!

  1. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
    Our second goal of the match! Yes!
    Antonym: no
  2. Response that confirms that the user is paying attention.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

yes (plural yeses or yesses)

  1. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    Was that a yes?
    Synonyms: aye, yea, nod
    Antonyms: no, nay
  2. A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
    The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
    Synonyms: aye, yea
    Antonym: nay

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

yes (third-person singular simple present yeses, present participle yessing, simple past and past participle yessed)

  1. (colloquial, transitive) to agree with, affirm, approve.
    Did he yes the veto?
    • 1972 Oct, Barth, John, “Perseid”, in Harper's Magazine, page 79:
      "That's really what you wanted?" I yessed both; ...
    Synonyms: agree, consent, nod
  2. (slang) to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing

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AsturianEdit

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English yes.

InterjectionEdit

yes

  1. (colloquial) Expression of triumph, vehement approval, etc.

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English yes.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

InterjectionEdit

yes

  1. (colloquial) yay
    Synonym: jee

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English yes.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

yes

  1. (chiefly Quebec, colloquial) yes!
    Synonym: oui

IdoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Esperanto jes, from English yes.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

yes

  1. yes
    Antonym: no

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

yes (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of is (ice)

NovialEdit

ParticleEdit

yes

  1. yes
    Antonym: no

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

yes

  1. plural of ye

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English yes.

ParticleEdit

yes

  1. yes (word used to show agreement or acceptance)

InterjectionEdit

yes

  1. yes (used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement)