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  1. Fox Hunting. (used as a cry by the huntsman to encourage the hounds.)
  2. (used as a cry of high spirits or encouragement.)
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Origin of yoicks

First recorded in 1765–75; compare earlier hoick(s) < ?
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Examples from the Web for yoicks

Historical Examples

  • The huntsmen might be heard urging on the dogs with cries of Yoicks!

    The Colonial Cavalier

    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • It seems Yoicks is a cry you give at some other critical juncture in life.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We'll go out and get what's coming to us from a farmer; and then yoicks!

  • The country gentleman of whom mention has been made also viewed him, and holloa'd as he did so: "Yoicks, tally; gone away!"

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope

  • With strong effort of self-restraint he stopped himself midway in stentorian shout, "Yoicks!"

British Dictionary definitions for yoicks


  1. a cry used by huntsmen to urge on the hounds to the fox
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