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yes

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of yes in English

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English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • (UK)IPA(key): /jɛs/
  • (US)IPA(key): /jɛs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Particle

yes

  1. A word used to show agreement or acceptance.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Hi, Jonathan. Are you busy? — Yes, I’m busy.
  2. A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.

Usage notes

  • 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.

Synonyms

  • 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

Antonyms

  • Standard form: no
  • Nautical, military, telecommunications: negative
  • Dialect or archaic forms: nay
  • Colloquial or slang forms: ixnay, nah, naw, nope
  • See also: Thesaurus:no

Coordinate terms

  • (expression of agreement or acceptance): nod

Derived terms

Translations

Interjection

yes!

  1. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
    Antonym: no
  2. Response that confirms that the user is paying attention.

Translations

Noun

yes (plural yeses or yesses)

  1. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    Synonyms: aye, yea, nod
    Antonyms: no, nay
  2. A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
    Synonyms: aye, yea
    Antonym: nay

Translations

Verb

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

  1. (colloquial, transitive) to agree with, affirm, approve.
    Synonyms: agree, consent, nod
  2. (slang) to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • yee

Anagrams

  • Sey., Sye, eys

Asturian

Verb

yes

  1. second-person singular present indicative of ser

Danish

Etymology

Borrowed from English yes.

Interjection

yes

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

Dutch

Etymology

From English yes.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Interjection

yes

  1. (colloquial) yay
    Synonym: jee

French

Etymology

From English yes.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɛs/

Interjection

yes

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

Ido

Etymology

From Esperanto jes, from English yes.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jes/

Adverb

yes

  1. yes
    Antonym: no

Middle English

Noun

yes (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of is (ice)

Novial

Particle

yes

  1. yes
    Antonym: no

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɟ͡ʝes/

Noun

yes

  1. plural of ye

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English yes.

Particle

yes

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

Interjection

yes

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

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