Definition of nyah in US English:



  • Used to express the speaker's feeling of superiority or contempt for another.

    ‘I won the gold and she didn't. Nyah, nyah, nyah’
    • ‘This means that no dream, no matter how distressing or menacing, ever came to anyone to say, ‘Nyah, nyah, you've got these problems and you can't do anything about them!‘’
    • ‘And I'm going to see the movie at the Leicester Sq. Odeon next Wednesday morning, so nyah!’
    • ‘This is not solidarity; it's a taunt along the lines of, ‘We were right, nyah nyah!’’
    • ‘Try to rise above a sandbox-level of ‘You're stupid, nyah!’’
    • ‘Maybe if you beat me three times in a row at memory, THEN we'll talk updates… nyah.’
    • ‘It's a genuine pleasure today to look back at said hysterics and say, in a polite, mature, and understanding manner, ‘Nyah, nyah!’’
    • ‘And, as this chapter goes to show, don't start celebrating too quick… nyah!’
    • ‘This, really, has been the saddest part of the problem: the way public debate has quickly turned into ‘I'm right, you're wrong, nyah nyah nyah!’’
    • ‘But I'll also confess there's a great ‘nyah, nyah!’ factor, too.’
    • ‘I asked to borrow the novel to give it to my dad, who ‘would really love that, wow, what a great novel’ but he wouldn't lend it to me and nyah nyah nyah.’
    • ‘‘Nyah, nyah, nyah nyah, nyah,’ he says in his best grade school playground voice.’
    • ‘I have no comment to make on this, other than ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah.’’
    • ‘I don't own it either so nyah to all you evil lawyers.’
    • ‘Because otherwise nobody gets any cake or jelly, and I get to eat all of it, nyah nyah.’
    • ‘People say, ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, not true!’’
    • ‘She could almost imagine it giggling, teasing and taunting her, ‘Nyah nyah!’’
    • ‘For years, progressive-left literary types like me used to taunt them: ‘nyah nyah, nyah nyah,’ we suggested.’
    • ‘But very few are as fun or educational as the Fool, so nyah!’
    • ‘Diving into the river, Oswaldo stroked for the opposite bank while going ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah,’ at his pursuers, who slammed on the leather-brakes at river's edge.’
    • ‘I imagined him with fingers in his ears, going ‘nyah nyah I can't hear you’.’


Early 20th century: imitative of a child's reduplicated phrase used in taunting.