Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah1

Pronunciation /yä/ /jɑ/

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exclamation

  • Yes (used in representations of British upper-class speech)

    • ‘we can go right now, ok, yah’
    all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, roger

noun

informal British
  • An upper-class person.

    • ‘the cafe is full of yahs whose daddies own chateaux in France’
    • ‘Absolutely awful food, over priced and full of yah yahs.’
    • ‘Whilst I agree that there is a certain number of so-called ‘yahs’ here, I think their numbers are very exaggerated.’
    • ‘Iguana's close proximity to Edinburgh University means it gets more than its fair share of students, although young professionals and the pre-club crowd do their bit to dilute the yah factor.’
    • ‘Not many rugby shirts were being worn with the collar turned up - the traditional uniform of budding ‘yahs’, the term used for public school kids believed to have applied to St Andrews after being rejected by Oxford and Cambridge.’
    • ‘Absolutely awful food, over priced and full of yah yahs.’

Origin

Late 19th century representation of a pronunciation of ‘yes’ in British upper-class speech.

Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah2

Pronunciation /yä/ /jɑ/

Translate yah into Spanish

exclamation

  • Expressing derision.

    ‘yah, you missed!’
    • ‘Oh and his wife was 6'8 ‘tall, so yah for her as well!’’
    • ‘Bill O'Reilly: you're wrong, I'm right, yah boo sucks’
    • ‘We shall also know then whether the remarkable new chamber encourages the spirit of constructive dialogue which Miralles sought, or whether it is back to yah boo in the worst traditions of Westminster.’
    • ‘Yes I know, anyone taking the time to read my blog will have NO clue what I'm talking about - but hey, I do and its my blog so yah boo sucks to you LOL’
    • ‘I prattle on about how much I love my country, and generally portray myself as a bit of a little Englander, yah boo sucks to you johnny foreigner etc, and in the most part that's true.’
    • ‘Christopher Hitchens, who has bravely risked isolation from former allies like Edward Said and Susan Sontag, let himself down in the Guardian when he taunted the peaceniks with: ‘Well, ha ha ha and yah, boo.’’
    • ‘We eat special food, we wear special clothes, we recite special words, our God's gonna beat up your God, boo yah.’

Origin

Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the early 17th century.

Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah3

Pronunciation /yə/ /jə/

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pronoun

informal, dialect
nonstandard spelling of you, used in representing speech
  • ‘“See yah around!” Billy bawled’

Pronunciation

yah

/yə/ /jə/