ouais etymology

French word ouais 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 ouais

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.
ouais French (fra) (informal) yeah, yep, yup. (obsolete) wow. Whoo (expresses joy).

Words with the same origin as ouais

Descendants of il
mais oui oui ouiménon y
Descendants of *ǵʰi-ḱe
aujourd'hui ce ceci celui-ci ceux-ci ci ci-contre ci-dessous ci-dessus ci-gît coup d'œil hui ici icitte jusqu'ici ou voici œil œillet œillère
Descendants of hoc ille
clin d'œil à l'œil œil-de-bœuf œillade