yack

[yak]
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Related formsyack·er, noun

yak

2

or yack

[yak]Slang.
verb (used without object), yakked, yak·king.
  1. to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter: They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.
noun
  1. incessant idle or gossipy talk.

Origin of yak

2
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; apparently of expressive orig.
Related formsyak·ker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yacking

yack

noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of yak 2

yak

1
noun
  1. a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair

Word Origin for yak

C19: from Tibetan gyag

yak

2
noun
  1. Also: yakety-yak noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation
verb yaks, yakking or yakked
  1. (intr) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber

Word Origin for yak

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yacking

yack

v.

"to talk, to chatter," slang, 1950, probably echoic (cf. Australian slang yacker "talk, conversation," 1882). Yackety is recorded from 1953.

yak

n.

"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak."

yak

v.

"laugh," 1938; "talk idly," 1950; echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin.

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