Definition of yessum in English:


Syllabification: yes·sum
Pronunciation: /ˈyesəm


US dated , chiefly • black English
  • Used as a polite form of assent addressed to a woman: “You feel all right?” she asked. “Yessum.”
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    • I won't talk about Bagger Vance… (yessum, weeza all trying ta’ fuget about Bagga Vance ‘roun these here parts!)
    • That is the first time I have heard the phrase yessum mister since Little House on the Prairie all those years ago.
    • Yessum, Miss Daisy, I'll drive you to the store, yessum.


early 20th century: alteration of yes ma'am.

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