Definition of yessum in English:

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yessum

Pronunciation: /ˈyesəm/

exclamation

US dialect, dated
Used as a polite form of assent addressed to a woman: “You feel all right?” she asked. “Yessum.”
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 20th century: representing a regional pronunciation of yes ma'am.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: yes·sum

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