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exclamationdialect, dated US
Used as a polite form of assent addressed to a woman.‘“You feel all right?” she asked. “Yessum.”’
- ‘I won't talk about Bagger Vance… (yessum, weeza all trying ta’ fuget about Bagga Vance ‘roun these here parts!)’
- ‘That is the first time I have heard the phrase yessum mister since Little House on the Prairie all those years ago.’
- ‘Yessum, Miss Daisy, I'll drive you to the store, yessum.’
Early 20th century representing a regional pronunciation of yes ma'am.
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