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

    I recall hearing it prefaced with the word “Hey”… As in “Hey YEEEEAAAAT”.

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

    A few years ago, James Van”B” had a clever idea for the use of the word. He applied YEAT as an abreviation for a grass roots pro native Newburyporter association. Yankees Enraged Against Tourists or Y.E.A.T. Thus the bumber sticker on my Chevy.

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

    Or as in , “Yeat the bun”

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

    i remember “yeat tha bun”

    what about heya bubba? is that local? – it seems to me that it is.

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

    What is ‘the bun’ supposed to mean tho?

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

    If you go to classmates.com and go into the Newburyport High section, you will see a thread that has gone on for years now entitled – YEAT.

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

    yeat at least this later version came about in this way – = the “kid” (age 48) who is born/raised nbpt still lives in the area ordered bumper stickers on line in early 2K. He distributed these stickers to fellow friends – the inside joke is “yeah, eat me”. Meant to be funny, yet derogatory. That said, to address another post, this “kid” us definitely a bubba. For nbpt residents in 60-80’s; the term bubba, bubba in overalls, in boots meant a lesser being if you were a floods bubba you were poor and wore pants which were too short. Bubba much like some use the term “Okie” as to say you are from a slow/backwards place like Oklahoma. Not my personal opinions, simply what all the elder kids taught me Southside Nbpt

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

    Matty has it right on the ‘Bubba’ aspect…I grew up a ‘Southie Bubba’ in the 1970-80s. When I hear that word now…it only brings a smile to my face. I live in the southwest now and just recently came back for Yankee Homecoming and overheard someone yell “Yeat” while watching the muster…only in Newburyport my friends…only in Newburyport.

  9. pnichypor on July 9th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have driven through all the old neighborhoods in the “Yankee City” on numerous occasions calling out “YEAT”… No replies, no recognition. “New-berry-port” as it is now too often referred to, is now a “Hollywood” set, a replica of a once “real” city. wine and cheese, useless cruft, and an absence of familiar old names and faces. YEAT…

  10. MARK EALY on July 13th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    yeattttt man iam happy to see that any old timers still there i was telling my kids about yanke home coming does this still happen

  11. Shawn Gearin - Moderator on August 8th, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Yankee Homecoming still happens every year!

  12. John W on October 29th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    YEAT! Spent my life in Newburyport; born, raised, school, now I continue to live and work here. I save many local stories and artifacts and came across this one from a number of years back…

    “Greeted by word ‘yeat’ all around the world”

    To the Editor:

    Reference the word “Yeat”: Like the famous shot heard round the world, so too has been the word Yeat. I can bear personal witness to this and will explain.

    As a proud Newburyporter and also a dear childhood friend of our city historian Todd Woodworth, I am always eager to read The Daily News whenever I can.

    I have been greeted by the Newburyporters with the word “yeat” in far-away places around the world. For instance, when we landed on Guadalcanal during World War II, I was greeted with “Hey, Newburyport, Yeat!” by Stephen Sarantakos. Again greeted by the same words Andrew Angelo on Guadalcanal. Later on Los Negros Island while we were boarding a ship to take us off the Admirality Islands a loud voice yelled, “Newburyport Yeat!” to me as I was going up the gangplank. It was Charlie Campbell. Yes, even in New Zealand and Richmond Va., etc.

    Just as the “wee” is to Byfield or the word “ayah” is in the north country of New Hampshire or Maine. I understand it to be a sort of catch-all word- can mean hello, or a greeting or even a sort of goodbye, or to agree or not agree depending on how it is said and its tone.

    It seems to me way back in the 1930’s I had understood it to have possibly originated by Newburyport sailors of Scottish descent and I believe it was said that it was once incorporated into the song sung during the New year, “Yeat” referring in the song of “Olde Lang Syne” to remember our yesterdays and our proud heritage.

    However, so be it, the word “Yeat” goes on. My best regards to all in Newburyport.

    John Lagoulis (retired) Class of 1938 “

  13. Bill Shaheen on August 21st, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I believe the term originated in the South End – aka Joppa……

  14. Paul Christofferson on March 5th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    As a freshman at NHS in 1957, I entered the school cafeteria
    for the first time. As I pulled on a chair, a full bottle of milk fell to the floor. It was a setup. When the bottle broke, everyone yelled ” Oh

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