- to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter: They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.
- incessant idle or gossipy talk.
Origin of yak2
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; apparently of expressive orig.
or yuck, yock, yok, yak
- a loud, hearty laugh.
- a joke evoking such a laugh.
- to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
Origin of yuk1
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Related Wordsblather, prate, jabber, babble, jaw, yap, tattle, clack, chat, gossip, prattle, yammer, chatter, gab, confabulate
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- a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair
C19: from Tibetan gyag
- Also: yakety-yak noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation
- (intr) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yakked
"laughter, something evoking laughs," 1964, imitative; see yuck (2).
"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak."
"laugh," 1938; "talk idly," 1950; echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin.
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