yeah etymology

English word yeah comes from Proto-Germanic *jūz (You (plural).), Proto-Indo-European *yē, Proto-Indo-European *yo-, Proto-Germanic *gaawją

Detailed word origin of yeah

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*jūz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) You (plural).
*yē Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) already
*yo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*gaawją Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
ġē Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*gawi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) District, shire, region, area.
*ja Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) And (conjunctive particle). Thus, so. Yes (confirmation particle).
gea Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Thus, so. Yes.
Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ȝe Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
yea English (eng) An affirmative vote, usually but not always spoken (dated) Yes.. Thus, so (now often accompanied by a hand gesture). (in some dialects of American English, including Southern, Western, and African American Vernacular) Yeah, right, yes.. [] (archaic) Or even, or more like, nay. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one.
yeah English (eng) Expressing joy, celebration, glee, etc. (informal) Yes.

Words with the same origin as yeah

Descendants of *jūz
and baht betcha but d'ye for fu gotcha nor or whatcha ya yay ye ye'll yea yet yo you yous
Descendants of *yē
gain gen gin if ja