Yesterday meaning

yĕstər-dā, -dē
Frequency:
Time in the past, especially the recent past.
noun
6
3
Yesterday is the day before today.

If today is Monday, then Sunday is an example of yesterday.

noun
5
3
A short while ago.
adverb
4
2
The day before the present day.
noun
3
1
The day before today; day just past.
noun
2
2
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Recently.
adverb
1
2
As soon as possible.

I want this done yesterday!

adverb
1
2
A recent day or time.
noun
0
2
Time gone by.
noun
0
2
On or during the day before today.
adverb
0
2
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Of yesterday.

Yesterday morning.

adjective
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2
The day immediately before today; one day ago.

Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow.

Yesterday was rainy, but by this morning it had begun to snow.

noun
0
2
The (recent) past, often disparaging.

Yesterday's technology.

noun
0
2
On the day before today.

I started to watch the video yesterday, but could only finish it this evening.

adverb
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2
On the day before the present day.
adverb
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3
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Origin of yesterday

  • Middle English from Old English geostran dæg geostran yesterday yester– dæg day day

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English geostran (“yesterday"), from Proto-Germanic *gestra-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰǵʰyes-;

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English dæg, from Proto-Germanic *dagaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°egÊ°- (“to burn")

    From Wiktionary