See also: þes
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Dialect or archaic forms: arr, ay, aye, yea, yassuh
- Nautical, military, telecommunications: affirmative
- Colloquial or slang forms: ya, yah, yeah, yeh, yep, yeppers, yup, yuppers, yus, ahuh, mhm, uh huh.
- See also: Thesaurus:yes
- Standard form: no
- Nautical, military, telecommunications: negative
- Dialect or archaic forms: nay
- Colloquial or slang forms: ixnay, nah, naw, nope
- See also: Thesaurus:no
- (expression of agreement or acceptance): nod
word used to indicate agreement or acceptance
word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement
- 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.
Translations to be checked
- Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
- Our second goal of the match! Yes!
- Antonym: no
- Response that confirms that the user is paying attention.
expression of pleasure, joy or great excitement — See also translations at yay
- An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
answer that shows agreement or acceptance
vote of support
- (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; ...
- (slang) to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing
- (colloquial) Expression of triumph, vehement approval, etc.