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A western-Pennsylvania bastardization of the phrase "you ones", which addresses more than one person. Since we "western PA people" do things like slur words together, replace almost all vowel sounds with a "schwa" sound (the upsidedown e in the dictionary), replace long "a" sounds with long "e" sounds, and refuse to pronounce any "t" that isn't the first letter of a word, this became "you-ens", then "youns", "yunz", and finally "yinz". Someone must have put this particular pronunciation and spelling in print at some point, since it seems to be the most accepted way to say and write it.

The aforementioned characteristics of our accent are probably at least partly due to the diverse heritage of the population of this area, which is mostly made up of Italian, Irish, Polish, Native American, and African American people, NOT inbreeding, as someone in an earlier entry stated.

The word has become associated with Pittsburgh in particular, whose natives are commonly referred to as "yinzers".
"Are yinz comin' up fer Chrissmiss?"

"What're yinz doin'?"

"I seen yinz at the fleamarket yesterdee."
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A western-Pennsylvania bastardization of the phrase "you ones", which addresses more than one person. Since we "western PA people" do things like slur words together, replace almost all vowel sounds with a "schwa" sound (the upsidedown e in the dictionary), replace long "a" sounds with long "e" sounds, and refuse to pronounce any "t" that isn't the first letter of a word, this became "you-ens", then "youns", "yunz", and finally "yinz". Someone must have put this particular pronunciation and spelling in print at some point, since it seems to be the most accepted way to say and write it.

The aforementioned characteristics of our accent are probably at least partly due to the diverse heritage of the population of this area, which is mostly made up of Italian, Irish, Polish, Native American, and African American people, NOT inbreeding, as someone in an earlier entry stated.

The word has become associated with Pittsburgh in particular, whose natives are commonly referred to as "yinzers".
"Are yinz comin' up fer Chrissmiss?"

"What're yinz doin'?"

"I seen yinz at the fleamarket yesterdee."
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Short for "you ones"; could also be used in place of:
you
you guys
you all
y'all
Yinz goin' to da wordStillers/word game?
by Munda November 22, 2002
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The Pittsburgh form of all of you,aka y'all.
by Katie D May 15, 2005
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Pittsburguese for "you guys." It actually doesn't combine any words together. It's not two words combined with letters taken out, which is common for Pittsburguese. It's just a made up word that stands for "you guys."
Jamie asked his companions, "Where are yinz goin'."
by Patrick Judge October 28, 2004
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You guys, You people, meaning more than one
Hey Yinz guys gonna go to the football game?
by robert November 03, 2003
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Yinz means "You ones," not "You guys."
Yinz goin to Primanny's after the Stiller game n nat?

Translation: Are you going to Primanti Bros. after the Steeler game? "n nat" is a useless filler that us Picksburghers use all the time n nat.
by non-yinzer November 07, 2006
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