- the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet: from the Greek upsilon
- any of the speech sounds that this letter represents, as, in English, the semivowel (y) at the beginning of a syllable, as in yes or beyond, or the vowel (i) of myth, (?) of holy, or (?) of my
- a type or impression for y or Y
- the twenty-fifth in a sequence or group
- an object shaped like
- of y or Y
- twenty-fifth in a sequence or group
- shaped like
- the second of a set of unknown quantities, x usually being the first
- a variable
- an ordinate
- yen: now usually ¥
- Elec. admittance
- Chem. yttrium
Origin of y-Middle English y-, i- ; from Old English ge-, perfective prefix (basic sense “together”): for Indo-European base see com-
- little, dear: used in forming diminutives, nicknames, and terms of endearment [kitty, Billy, daddy]
- -ie (sense )
Origin of -yMiddle English -y, -i, -ie, probably based on Old French -i, -e, in such familiar names as Davi (for David), Mathe (for Matheu), and the like
- having, full of, or characterized by: dirty, healthy
- rather, somewhat: yellowy, chilly, dusky
- inclined or tending to: drowsy, sticky
- suggestive of, somewhat like: wavy
- fit or suitable for: Christmassy
Origin of -yMiddle English -y, -ie ; from Old English -ig, akin to Classical Latin -ic(us), Classical Greek -ik(os)
- quality or condition: jealousy, zoanthropy
- a shop or goods of a (specified) kind: coopery
- a collective body of a (specified) kind: soldiery
Origin of -yMiddle English -ie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin -ia ; from or akin to Classical Greek -ia, -eia
Origin of -yMiddle English -ie ; from Anglo-French ; from Classical Latin -ium
nounpl. y's or Y's also ys or Ys
- The 25th letter of the modern English alphabet.
- Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter y.
- The 25th in a series.
- Something shaped like the letter Y.
type, Woodblock letters
In woodblock printing, ink is applied to blocks of wood in which letters have been carved in relief.
- The Young Men's Christian Association, The Young Women's Christian Association, or one of their facilities. Used with the.
- The Young Men's Hebrew Association, The Young Women's Hebrew Association, or one of their facilities. Used with the.
- Characterized by; consisting of: clayey.
- a. Like: summery.b. To some degree; somewhat; rather: chilly.
- Tending toward; inclined toward: sleepy.
Origin of -yMiddle English, from Old English -ig.
- Condition; state; quality: jealousy.
- a. Activity: cookery.b. Instance of a specified action: entreaty.
- a. Place for an activity: cannery.b. Result or product of an activity: laundry.
- Collection; body; group: soldiery.
Origin of -yMiddle English -ie, from Old French, from Latin -ia. Sense 2b, ultimately from Latin -ium.
- Small one: doggy.
- Dear one: sweetie.
- One having to do with or characterized by: townie.
Origin of -yMiddle English -ie, -y.
(lower case, upper case Y)
- Alternative form of Y.
- (metrology) Symbol for the yoctoohm, an SI unit of electrical resistance equal to 10−24 ohms.
y - Computer Definition
(1) The brightness signal (luma) in the YUV color space. See YUV.
(2) An abbreviation of Yes, commonly used in conjunction with N for No; for example, a prompt may ask you: Do you want to overwrite the file: y/n?
(3) The symbol typically used for output of a combinational logic circuit. See combinational logic.