or yack·e·ty-yak, yack·e·ty-yack
verb (used without object), noun yak·e·ty-yakked, yak·e·ty-yak·king,
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Origin of yakety-yak
Words nearby yakety-yak
What does yakety-yak mean?
Yakety-yak is a slang term for aimless, pointless talk, especially when it goes on and on.
The related slang term yak is most commonly used as a verb that means to talk, especially aimlessly, without stopping, and about unimportant things. Yak is also spelled yack and yakety-yak can also be spelled yackety-yak, yackety-yack, or yakity-yak. Yack (or yak) is also sometimes used as a noun to mean the same thing as yakety-yak, as is the word yakking (or yacking), as in Quit your yakking!
Yakety-yak is the kind of trivial conversation that results from people yakking. 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 yakety-yak and come help us?
Where does yakety-yak come from?
Terms like yak and yakety-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 yakety-yak and its synonyms are often used in requests to stop such talk or in complaints about it, as in Quit that yakety-yak! or Stop your yakking! 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 yakety-yak?
- yackety-yak (alternate spelling)
- yackety-yack (alternate spelling)
- yakity-yak (alternate spelling)
What are some synonyms for yakety-yak?
- yadda yadda yadda
What are some words that share a root or word element with yakety-yak?
What are some words that often get used in discussing yakety-yak?
How is yakety-yak used in real life?
Yakety-yak is extremely informal. It is often used in at least a mildly negative way to imply that such talk is annoying.
And now to work for a bit. Should give my followers a rest from all of the yakety-yak.
— Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven) June 24, 2009
— Greg O'Brien (@gregobr) January 30, 2013
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— PEMCO Insurance (@PEMCO) November 24, 2009
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Which of the following words is a synonym of yakety-yak?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for yakety-yak
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This was the place where I had met the yak herds two months before when they were pasturing their yaks on the grassy uplands.
The yak dung is in many places the only fuel to be got and is most carefully picked up.
In the Rongbuk Valley there was no wood and our supply of yak dung had to come up from Chbuk.
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.