I beleive ayuh is an affirmation of sorts. Im trying to think of another word that is equivalent, but I cant really.
I was in a play once- "Our Town" and we had to say "Ayuh" constantly. You have just gotta hear the tone of voice its said with to really get it.
Interestingly Ayuh is also a sanksrit word meaninglife, life span, or health.
(My HS second language is sanskrit)
Google agrees with me on the meaning of ayuh. It adds that it generally replaces Yes or Yeah, the stress is on the second sillable, and is sometimes pronounced while exhaling inbetween sentences. It is used both in Maine and DownEast.
I always associate Ayuh with an old weather beaten Maine lobsterman sitting by his boat talking with a townie and being as uncommunicative as he can without being impolite. :lol: I'm sure I must have seen this in movies because I have never been to Maine. Maybe in Carousel?