yikes

[ yahyks ]
/ yaɪks /
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interjection

(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)

Nearby words

  1. yielding,
  2. yieldingly,
  3. yig,
  4. yigdal,
  5. yike,
  6. yill,
  7. yima,
  8. yin,
  9. yin and yang,
  10. yin-yang school

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British Dictionary definitions for yikes

yikes

/ (ˈjaiks) /

interjection

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

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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