oui etymology

English word oui comes from Old French il, Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰi-ḱe, Vulgar Latin hoc ille, Vulgar Latin *hoc ille, and later Middle French ouy (Yes.)

Detailed word origin of oui

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
il Old French (fro) He (third-person masculine singular subject pronoun). They (third-person masculine plural subject pronoun).
*ǵʰi-ḱe Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
hoc ille Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*hoc ille Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
hic Latin (lat) This, these, used to refer to (a) person(s) or thing(s) close to the speaker, in contrast to ille, meaning that.
o Old French (fro)
o il Old French (fro)
ouy Middle French (frm) Yes.
oui French (fra) Yes Yes.
oui English (eng) (quaint).

Words with the same origin as oui

Descendants of *ǵʰi-ḱe