yakka

[ yak-uh ]
/ ˈyæk ə /

noun Australian.

work, especially hard work.

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Origin of yakka

First recorded in 1885–90; earlier spellings yacker,yakker; of obscure origin; possibly from Yagara (an extinct Australian aboriginal language of Queensland) yaga “to work”
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Example sentences from the Web for yakka

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

    The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier

British Dictionary definitions for yakka

yakka

yakker or yacker

/ (ˈjækə) /

noun

Australian and NZ informal work

Word Origin for yakka

C19: from a native Australian language
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