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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.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

yahwism, yahwist, yahwistic, yaje, yajur-veda, yak, yakety-yak, yakima, yakitori, yakka, yakow

Origin of yak

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1785–95; < Tibetan, spelling gyag

Definition for yak (2 of 4)

yak

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or yack

[ 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.

Origin of yak

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

Definition for yak (3 of 4)

yak

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[ yak ]
/ yæk /

noun, verb (used with or without object), yakked, yak·king. Slang.

Definition for yak (4 of 4)

yuk

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or yuck, yock, yok, yak

[ yuhk ]
/ yʌk /
Slang.

noun

a loud, hearty laugh.
a joke evoking such a laugh.

verb (used with or without object), yukked, yuk·king.

to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.

Origin of yuk

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imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for yak (1 of 2)

yak

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/ (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)

yak

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/ (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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