used to express joy, approval, or excitement

Examples of yay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victoria Beckham is teaming up with Estée Lauder on a second collection (yay!), and the popular Eye Foils are making a return with two brand-new shades: Blonde Gold (above) and Burnt Anise (a charcoal). Devon Abelman, Allure, 18 Aug. 2017 Easy genetic modification could mean cures for cancer (yay!), kitty-sized pigs (squee!), and, yes, designer babies (ack). Anna Vlasits, WIRED, 18 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yay was in 1963

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“Yay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yay. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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