- a large, stocky, shaggy-haired wild ox, Bos grunniens, of the Tibetan highlands, having long, curved horns: endangered.
- a domesticated variety of this animal.
Origin of yak1
1785–95; < Tibetan, spelling gyag
- to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter: They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.
- incessant idle or gossipy talk.
Origin of yak2
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; apparently of expressive orig.
or yuck, yock, yok, yak
- a loud, hearty laugh.
- a joke evoking such a laugh.
- to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
Origin of yuk1
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Examples from the Web for yak
He is called "yak" in Tibetan, and the name has been transferred to most European languages.
They may grow so long as to touch the ground as the yak walks.
Even the ropes which sustain the tents are made of yak's wool.
In Thibet the yak is, perhaps, the most useful animal to be found in the country.
Like the European Bison, the skeleton of the Yak has fourteen pairs of ribs.Delineations of the Ox Tribe
- a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair
C19: from Tibetan gyag
- Also: yakety-yak noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation
- (intr) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yak
"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak."
"laugh," 1938; "talk idly," 1950; echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin.
"laughter, something evoking laughs," 1964, imitative; see yuck (2).
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