Definition of "yogh" []

  • The Middle English letter ȝ, used to represent the sound (y) and some velar consonants similar to the ch in German Bach and the r in French France. (noun)
  • A character (ȝ) used in Old and Middle English to represent a palatal fricative very close to the semivowel sound of Modern English y, as in Old English ȝeong (young) (noun)

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  • This same character as used in Middle English for both the voiced and voiceless palatal fricatives; when final or in a closed syllable in medial position the sound approached that of German ch in ich, as in knyȝt (knight). After the 14th century this symbol became the modern consonantal (semivocalic) y when initial or commencing a syllable, and though no longer pronounced in medial position it is preserved in many words by a modern gh, as in thought (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "yogh" in a sentence
  • "(For þe same reason, we dropped þe old letters wynn - ƿ - and yogh - ȝ - þough þe latter survives in þe name of Sir Menȝies Campbell.)"
  • "Thus, I have devised a new health plan I am calling "triple-yogh days.""
  • "Maybe yogh, too, if we can all agree on what sound it represents."