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Definition of yay exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

yay

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//jeɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jeɪ//
 
(informal, especially North American English)
 
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used to show that you are very pleased about something I won! Yay! More Like This Exclamations aargh, ah, aha, ahchoo, ahem, aw, bah, boo, coo, d’oh, eek, eh, er, eww, gee, ha, hey, ho ho, ho-hum, hooray, huh, mm, oh, oho, oi, ooh, oops, ouch, ow, oy, pah, phew, psst, sh, tsk tsk, tut, ugh, uh, uh-uh, uh-oh, um, whoopee, whoops, woo hoo, wow, yay, yippee, yuck, yumSee worksheet. Word Origin exclamation 1960s: perhaps an alteration of yeah. adverb 1960s: probably a variant of yea.
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