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yak

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

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First recorded in 1785–95; from Tibetan gyag

Other definitions for yak (2 of 3)

yak2
[ yak ]
/ yæk /
Slang.

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

Origin of yak

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An Americanism dating to 1820–25 for yakety-yak (noun)

OTHER WORDS FROM yak

yakker, noun

Other definitions for yak (3 of 3)

yak3
[ yak ]
/ yæk /

noun, verb (used with or without object), yakked, yak·king.Slang.
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British Dictionary definitions for yak (1 of 2)

yak1
/ (jæk) /

noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for yak (2 of 2)

yak2
/ (jæk) slang /

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

Word Origin for yak

C20: of imitative origin
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