1. an affirmative
; - Example: "I was hoping for a yes"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Yes \Yes\, adv. [OE. yis, [yogh]is, [yogh]es, [yogh]ise, AS.
gese, gise; probably fr. ge['a] yea + sw[=a] so. [root]188.
See Yea, and So.]
Ay; yea; -- a word which expresses affirmation or consent; --
opposed to no.
Note: Yes is used, like yea, to enforce, by repetition or
addition, something which precedes; as, you have done
all this -- yes, you have done more. "Yes, you despise
the man books confined." --Pope.
Note: "The fine distinction between `yea' and `yes,' `nay'
and `no,' that once existed in English, has quite
disappeared. `Yea' and `nay' in Wyclif's time, and a
good deal later, were the answers to questions framed
in the affirmative. `Will he come?' To this it would
have been replied, `Yea' or `Nay', as the case might
be. But, `Will he not come?' To this the answer would
have been `Yes' or `No.' Sir Thomas More finds fault
with Tyndale, that in his translation of the Bible he
had not observed this distinction, which was evidently
therefore going out even then, that is, in the reign of
Henry VIII.; and shortly after it was quite forgotten."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an affirmative; "I was hoping for a yes" [ant: no]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
150 Moby Thesaurus words for "yes":
Australian ballot, Hare system, OK, Roger, abide by, absolutely,
accede, accept, acclaim, accordantly, acquiesce, acquiesce in,
acquiescently, affirmative, affirmative attitude, affirmatively,
affirmativeness, agree, agree to, agree with, agreeably, agreed,
all right, alright, alrighty, amen, applaud, approvingly,
as you say, assent, assentingly, assuredly, aye, ballot,
beyond a doubt, buy, by all means, canvass, canvassing,
casting vote, certainly, cheer, compliantly, comply, consent,
consentingly, counting heads, cumulative voting, da, deciding vote,
division, enfranchisement, exactly, fagot vote, favorably, fine,
franchise, give the nod, gladly, good, good enough, graveyard vote,
hail, hand vote, hear, hold with, in toto, indeed, indeedy, ja,
just so, list system, mais oui, most assuredly, naturally,
naturellement, nay, no, nod, nod assent, nod of assent,
nontransferable vote, of course, okay, oui, plebiscite,
plebiscitum, plumper, plural vote, poll, polling, positively,
precisely, preferential voting, proportional representation, proxy,
quite, rather, really, receive, record vote, referendum,
representation, right, right to vote, righto, rising vote, say,
secret ballot, show of hands, single vote, snap vote, straw vote,
subscribe, subscribe to, suffrage, sure, sure thing, surely,
take kindly to, thumbs-up, to be sure, transferable vote, truly,
undoubtedly, unquestionably, very well, viva voce, voice,
voice vote, vote, vote for, voting, voting right, welcome,
well and good, why yes, willingly, write-in, write-in vote, yea,
yea-saying, yeah, yeas and nays, yep, yes indeed, yes indeedy,
yes sir, yes sirree, yield assent