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yak2

or yack

[yak]Slang.
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verb (used without object), yakked, yak·king.
  1. to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter: They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.
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noun
  1. incessant idle or gossipy talk.
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Origin of yak2

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

yak3

[yak]
noun, verb (used with or without object), yakked, yak·king. Slang.
  1. yuk1.
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yuk1

or yuck, yock, yok, yak

[yuhk]Slang.
noun
  1. a loud, hearty laugh.
  2. a joke evoking such a laugh.
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verb (used with or without object), yukked, yuk·king.
  1. to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
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Origin of yuk1

imitative
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Examples from the Web for yakking

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  • They'll be yakking back and forth for a couple of hours, yet.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • "Just before the 'copter started down, Miss Valdar was yakking about how we were all going to be rich," Parker interrupted.

    Sinister Paradise

    Robert Moore Williams


British Dictionary definitions for yakking

yak1

noun
  1. a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair
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Word Origin

C19: from Tibetan gyag

yak2

noun
  1. Also: yakety-yak noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation
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verb yaks, yakking or yakked
  1. (intr) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber
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Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yakking

yuk

"laughter, something evoking laughs," 1964, imitative; see yuck (2).

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yak

n.

"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak."

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yak

v.

"laugh," 1938; "talk idly," 1950; echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin.

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