Word Origin for yackety-yak
Words nearby yackety-yak
What does yackety-yak mean?
Yackety-yak is a slang term for aimless, pointless talk, especially when it goes on and on.
The related slang term yack is most commonly used as a verb that means to talk, especially aimlessly, without stopping, and about unimportant things. Yack is also spelled yak and yackety-yak can also be spelled yackety-yack, yakety-yak, or yakity-yak. Yack (or yak) is also sometimes used as a noun to mean the same thing as yackety-yak, as is the word yacking, as in Quit your yacking!
Yackety-yak is the kind of trivial conversation that results from people yacking. Both terms are typically used at least somewhat negatively to criticize talking in such a way and imply that it is annoying or excessive.
Example: Would you two stop your yackety-yak and come help us?
Where does yackety-yak come from?
Terms like yack and yackety-yak are first recorded around the 1940s in the U.S. They are based on an imitation of the sound of background chatter.
Words like yackety-yak and its synonyms are often used in requests to stop such talk or in complaints about it, as in Quit that yackety-yak! or Stop your yacking! Such terms especially imply that such talk is continuous and not about anything of substance.
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What are some other forms related to yackety-yak?
- yackety-yack (alternate spelling)
- yakety-yak (alternate spelling)
- yakity-yak (alternate spelling)
What are some synonyms for yackety-yak?
- yadda yadda yadda
What are some words that share a root or word element with yackety-yak?
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How is yackety-yak used in real life?
Yackety-yak is extremely informal. It is often used in at least a mildly negative way to imply that such talk is annoying.
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I'm sure these tv quizzes could be 20 minutes shorter if it wasn't for all the Yackety-yak over the blindingly obvious…
— MAW Holmes 🇪🇺 (@MAW_H) October 11, 2016
Man, when you write a horror feature you really learn how much time the yackety-yak takes.
— Jason Boice Love (@JBLove_LA) December 24, 2013
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Which of the following words is a synonym of yackety-yak?
D. all of the above
How to use yackety-yak in a sentence
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The yak dung is in many places the only fuel to be got and is most carefully picked up.
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He was walking with a disciple on the mountain one day, when they found an old yak's horn lying in the path.
It might be supposed that so hairy an animal as the yak would become dirty and unkempt.