ewe, adverb

Forms:
Also ehwe, eweh.
Origin:
Xhosa
Among Xhosa-speakers: ‘Yes’.
a. An affirmative response to a question or statement; an affirmative exclamation.
1894 E. Glanville Fair Colonist 89‘Do you wish to see me?’ asked the first lady, inquiringly. ‘Eweh, inkosikasi,’ replied the man respectfully, in deep tones.
1913 J.J. Doke Secret City 29‘Lumkile knows his kraal. He can find his way from hut to hut in the dark.’ ‘Ewe, Inkosana,’ he answered.
a1931 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 141Abraham: And so the girl gets the farm? Jeremiah: Ewe, Miss Helena get the farm.
1937 C. Birkby Zulu Journey 232‘Ehwe, inkosi,’ said the old man. ‘In this krantz there was once a cave filled with ivory. It was the treasure-house of the Bushmen.’
1965 J. Bennett Hawk Alone 131‘Have you got a knife?’ Alias nodded...‘Ewe, Baas Gord.’
1978 A.P. Brink Rumours of Rain 203Struggling to scrape together individual words from the bit of Xhosa I’d picked up through the years, I said: ‘Is everything still all right on the farm?’ ‘Ewe.’
1981 Job Mava (Ikwezi Players) in Staffrider Dec. 29Zizamele: Am I right? Mabandla: Ewe! The man who says all life is shit needs a good wash.
b. A greeting, or, more commonly, a response to a greeting.
1963 A.M. Louw 20 Days 118‘It is good day to you, father,’ said Enog politely. ‘Ewe,’ said the old man laconically.
1987 M. Poland Train to Doringbult 95Petrus stopped and raised a hand in greeting. ‘Ewe’, he said. ‘Ewe’, replied the woman cautiously.
‘Yes’.
An affirmative response to a question or statement; an affirmative exclamation.
A greeting, or, more commonly, a response to a greeting.
Derivatives:
So ewe noun, an utterance of the word ‘ewe’.
1890 Cape Law Jrnl VII. 233According to our Gcaleka custom I assented to each sentence with a loud ‘Ewe!’ as we always do. No Gcaleka can go on talking to another person unless he receives some reply.
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