Origin of yeahprobably from Dutch and German ja, merged with yea
An example of yeah is a teenager agreeing that they will be home for dinner.
Origin of yeahVariant of yea
- (informal) Yes.
From a variation of yea, itself from Middle English ya, ye, from Old English Ä¡Ä“a (“yes"), from Proto-Germanic *ja (“yes; thus, so"), from Proto-Indo-European *yÄ“ (“already"). Cognate with Dutch ja, German ja, Danish ja, BokmÃ¥l ja, New Norwegian ja and Swedish ja.
- So yeah, if you told them to choose between working and not working, many would choose to relax.
- "Yeah!" she said excitedly when he lowered her to sit on his arm.
- Yeah, I can imagine.
- "Yeah," he grunted as he kept his eyes on the road.
- "Yeah," Royce chimed in.