Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah1

exclamation

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

    ‘we can go right now, ok, yah’
    • ‘‘Um, yah… um, yah… um, yah…’ they twittered away for the necessary two minutes.’
    • ‘The absolutely super thing about living in Glasgow's Maryhill is that one is so close to some heavenly shops where one can buy an Alice band or get one's pearls re-strung - okay, yah…’
    • ‘Well, yah, we'd had a bit to drink and a couple of chums had dressed up in fatigues for a party.’
    • ‘‘Umm… yah, it was pretty shocking,’ I started to say, then I paused.’
    • ‘Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't look into RV - just don't expect to replicate the effects this illusionist performed, yah?’
    • ‘Oh uh… I'm Taner… yah I'm new to the school this year and single.’
    • ‘He shrunk back to the seat and grumbled, ‘oh yah.’’
    • ‘Yah, yah excellent mate, that's some great history stuff, New Zealand was really a pioneer country aye?’
    • ‘I think we could have dinner there, yah that would be nice.’
    • ‘The question of whether your position is meaningful is pretty much equivalent to what I meant by true, yah.’
    all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, roger
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noun

British
informal
  • An upper-class person.

    ‘the cafe is full of yahs whose daddies own chateaux in France’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

yah

/jɑː/

Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah2

exclamation

  • Expressing derision.

    ‘yah, you missed!’
    • ‘We eat special food, we wear special clothes, we recite special words, our God's gonna beat up your God, boo yah.’
    • ‘Oh and his wife was 6'8 ‘tall, so yah for her as well!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bill O'Reilly: you're wrong, I'm right, yah boo sucks’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

yah

/jɑː/

Main definitions of yah in English

: yah1yah2yah3

yah3

pronoun

informal, dialect
  • ‘‘See yah around!’ Billy bawled’
    non-standard spelling of you, used in representing speech
    • ‘Not that high and not that low but… high enough, if yah get my drift.’
    • ‘It was her dream present, and there yah go, she had it.’
    • ‘See yah soon’ Dominik said heading out the back door still chomping on his apple.’
    • ‘I know that an’ you know that, but yah nevva gonna proove it!’
    • ‘‘I'm bringin yah back to yah own room, Tori,’ he whispered quickly.’
    • ‘Don't worry about it though, cuz I'm here for yah.’
    • ‘‘Serves yah right you peeping tom,’ Cat called back on the same channel as the raiders closed on them all.’
    • ‘If anybody has had similar experiences, drop me a line. the first and only time my wife and i ate peyote she says she saw shadows like the ones you seem to be describing, then again she was on drugs yah know’
    • ‘See yah,’ she said, then clicked the phone off and ran into the large bathroom.’
    • ‘And would yah look a there, I'm one of the many ho's who must deal with the consequence for the rest of my life!’
    • ‘I'm just gonna wear the same shoes i always do… the ones i wear to every formal event where yah supposed to wear heeled shoes.’
    • ‘The short low gears meant yah were changing up quickly but that was no real problem.’
    • ‘Justin Timberlake is next to yah singing ‘I'm lovin' it’.’
    • ‘Still gave yah a 10 though for how realistic it is.’
    • ‘But yah know, since I didn't update in like a week and my other chapters were so short, or so some of you say, I decided to just give you a long one.’
    • ‘See yah,’ I said and walked outside to a beautiful day that I had to spend in my room doing homework.’
    • ‘‘Told yah she loves me… ‘Aaron said over his shoulder as both men walked to class.’’
    • ‘See yah. ‘Somehow she managed to get through her day, ending on a therapeutic note: shop class. - Ok, that's enough!’’

Pronunciation

yah

/ja//jə/