(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)

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Contemporary Examples of yikes

Historical Examples of yikes

  • Yite I yikes, and boo I yikes; and my dear papa be so very angy, when I tells him all about it.'

    The Maid of Sker

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • Geo had only gotten half clear of the entrance when he yelled, "Yikes," and then, "Duck!"

    The Jewels of Aptor

    Samuel R. Delany

British Dictionary definitions for yikes



informal an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm
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Word Origin and History for yikes

exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

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