(Old English) ýisterdai, (Anglo-Saxon) geostran daeg, from
geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to (Dutch) gisteren, German gestern, (Old High German) gestaron, (Icelandic) gaer yesterday, to-morrow, (Gothic) gistradagis to-morrow, (Latin) heri yesterday, (Greek) hyas) + daeg day. Confer Hestern.1. The day last past; the day next before the present. All our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. (Shakespeare) We are but of yesterday, and know nothing. Job viii. 9.2. Figurative: A recent time; time not long past. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of supreme pontiffs. Macaulay.
On the day last past; on the day preceding to-day; as, the affair took place yesterday.
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From Middle English, from Old English geostran dæg, equivalent to yester- + day; compounded from Old English geostran (“yesterday”), from Proto-Germanic *gestra-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰǵʰyes-; Old English dæg, from Proto-Germanic *dagaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʰ- (“to burn”)
the last day (Ireland)
yesterday (plural yesterdays) The day immediately before today; one day ago. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. Yesterday was rainy, but by this morning it had begun to snow. 1899, Hughes Mearns, Antigonish: Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away … The (recent) past, often disparaging. yesterday's technology 1606 William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.5 All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76: Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.
Adverb yesterday On the day before today I started to watch the video yesterday, but could only finish it this evening. As soon as possible I want this done yesterday!
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