noun Australian.

work, especially hard work.

Origin of yakka

First recorded in 1885–90; earlier spelling yacker, yakker; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of yakka

  • A girl from Yakka hanutsh greeted her in a friendly voice; she returned the greeting cheerfully.

    The Delight Makers

    Adolf Bandelier

  • Below the house of Yakka hanutsh there stood a group of men, their faces turned toward the brink of the mesa.

    The Delight Makers

    Adolf Bandelier

British Dictionary definitions for yakka


yakker or yacker


Australian and NZ informal work

Word Origin for yakka

C19: from a native Australian language
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