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[yahyks] /yaɪks/
(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.) Unabridged
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  • Yite I yikes, and boo I yikes; and my dear papa be so very angy, when I tells him all about it.'

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Geo had only gotten half clear of the entrance when he yelled, "yikes," and then, "Duck!"

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for yikes


(informal) an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yikes

exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yikes



An exclamation of alarm or surprise: ''There are people next door,'' she said. ''Yikes,'' Hawk said (first form 1940s+, variant 1971+)



An exclamation of dismay, alarm, emphatic response, etc: Yipes, it's a rattlesnake! Yipe, that hurt!

[esp teenagers; probably fr the spontaneous interjection yi, a cry of pain or dismay, with the p or k stop intruding after lip closure, as it does in nope and yep]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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