Meaning of yea-and-nay in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjeɪən(d)ˈneɪ/


  • 1Positive and negative statement (or command); affirmation and denial (or injunction and prohibition).

  • 2 historical A name given to King Richard I of England (1157–99). Chiefly in "Richard Yea-and-Nay".

    The motivation for the name is unclear.


  • 1Of indefinite or indeterminate character; changeable; ambiguous.

  • 2 rare Of a person: tending to affirm or deny indifferently or according to expediency; hesitating, vacillating, undecided.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From yea + and + nay.