YEAT Photo by P.J.Nichypor


What a beautiful word in the Newburyport Dictionary. Coming from anyone else except a fellow Newburyporter, it may be taken by some as an insult.  It may mean in some instances a disapproval of something, or if said/pronounced differently an approval or “YA.”  The word first came to being in Newburyport around the 2nd World War.  A soldier in the armed forces overseas  could identify a Newburyport resident by the use of the word.




Shawn: Hey Chris, YEAT!


Translated = a mutual greeting.


Shawn: Hey Chris how’s it going?

Chris: YEAT!

Translated = OK


Shawn: Hey Chris want to help me move this couch?

Chris: YEAT!

Translated = NO


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YEAT Defined

Is this definition correct for yeat and has the meaning and usage of the word changed over the years following 1940 to 1990?

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14 Responses to ““YEAT!””

  1. p. j. nichypor on November 21st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  2. p. j. nichypor on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:12 am

  3. J. Frost on November 26th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  4. se on January 25th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

  5. Chris Becker on May 25th, 2010 at 2:26 am

  6. Rollie on September 12th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

  7. Matty B on May 1st, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  8. Karon on August 16th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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