yak

1
[ yak ]
/ yæk /

noun

a large, stocky, shaggy-haired wild ox, Bos grunniens, of the Tibetan highlands, having long, curved horns: endangered.
a domesticated variety of this animal.

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Origin of yak

1
1785–95; <Tibetan, spelling gyag

Definition for yak (2 of 3)

yak2
[ yak ]
/ yæk /
Slang.

verb (used without object), yakked, yak·king.

to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter: They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.

noun

incessant idle or gossipy talk.
Also yack, yakety-yak .

Origin of yak

2
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; imitative of the sound

OTHER WORDS FROM yak

yakker, noun

Definition for yak (3 of 3)

yak3
[ yak ]
/ yæk /

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

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Example sentences from the Web for yak

  • Everyone is obsessed with technology for entertainment and yakking.

    Killing the High-Speed Chase|Harold Evans|June 28, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • "Just before the 'copter started down, Miss Valdar was yakking about how we were all going to be rich," Parker interrupted.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for yak (1 of 2)

yak1
/ (jæk) /

noun

a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair

Word Origin for yak

C19: from Tibetan gyag

British Dictionary definitions for yak (2 of 2)

yak2
/ (jæk) slang /

noun

Also: yakety-yak noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation

verb yaks, yakking or yakked

(intr) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber

Word Origin for yak

C20: of imitative origin
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