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yak

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noun
  1. a large, stocky, shaggy-haired wild ox, Bos grunniens, of the Tibetan highlands, having long, curved horns: endangered.
  2. a domesticated variety of this animal.
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Origin of yak

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1785–95; < Tibetan, spelling gyag

yak

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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.
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noun
  1. incessant idle or gossipy talk.
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Origin of yak

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An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; apparently of expressive orig.
Related formsyak·ker, noun

yak

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[yak]
noun, verb (used with or without object), yakked, yak·king. Slang.
  1. yuk1.
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yuk

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or yuck, yock, yok, yak

[yuhk]Slang.
noun
  1. a loud, hearty laugh.
  2. a joke evoking such a laugh.
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verb (used with or without object), yukked, yuk·king.
  1. to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
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Origin of yuk

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imitative
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Related Words for yak

blather, prate, jabber, babble, jaw, yap, tattle, clack, chat, gossip, prattle, yammer, chatter, gab, confabulate

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Historical Examples of yak

  • He is called "yak" in Tibetan, and the name has been transferred to most European languages.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • They may grow so long as to touch the ground as the yak walks.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • In Thibet the yak is, perhaps, the most useful animal to be found in the country.

  • Even the ropes which sustain the tents are made of yak's wool.

  • Like the European Bison, the skeleton of the Yak has fourteen pairs of ribs.


British Dictionary definitions for yak

yak

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

C19: from Tibetan gyag

yak

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

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yak

n.

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

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v.

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

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yuk

"laughter, something evoking laughs," 1964, imitative; see yuck (2).

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