yank

[ yangk ]
/ yæŋk /

verb (used with or without object)

to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously: Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.

noun

an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.

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Origin of yank

First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain

Definition for yank (2 of 2)

Yank
[ yangk ]
/ yæŋk /

noun, adjective Informal.

Origin of Yank

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for yank (1 of 2)

yank
/ (jæŋk) /

verb

to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug

noun

a sharp jerking movement; tug

Word Origin for yank

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for yank (2 of 2)

Yank
/ (jæŋk) /

noun

a slang word for an American
US informal short for Yankee
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