yank

[ yangk ]
/ yæŋk /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. yangtze,
  2. yangtze river,
  3. yangtze valley fever,
  4. yangzhou,
  5. yanina,
  6. yankee,
  7. yankee bond,
  8. yankee doodle,
  9. yankeedom,
  10. yankeefy

Origin of yank

First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for yanked

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

Yank

/ (jæŋk) /

noun

a slang word for an American
US informal short for Yankee
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Word Origin and History for yanked

yank

v.

1822, Scottish, of unknown origin. Related: Yanked; yanking. The noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."

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