yuch

or yucch

[ yuhkh, yuhk ]
/ yʌx, yʌk /

interjection Slang.

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What does yuch mean?

Yuch is a much less common spelling of yuck, which is an informal word you say when you think something is gross or disgusting. It’s also sometimes spelled yucch.

It’s an interjection, which is a term used to express an emotion or indicate how you feel about something, typically outside of a sentence.

Yuch is primarily used to indicate that you think a food is particularly disgusting or unappetizing. It can be used upon actually tasting something or simply upon looking at it, smelling, or maybe even feeling it—you might say yuch if something feels slimy, for example.

Yuch is also sometimes used to express disgust about other things, such as something filthy or unpleasant weather, as in It’s so hot and sticky outside. Yuch.

The adjective yuchy is based on yuch and means gross, disgusting, or unappetizing. It means the same thing as the adjective yucky, which is much more common. Yuchy is associated with its use by children and is often thought of as a childish term. (While yuch is often used by children, especially those refusing to eat their vegetables, it’s commonly used in many ways that don’t sound childish.) Yuch is sometimes used in an even more informal way to mean about the same thing as yuchy, as in My day was just yuch. 

The word yum can be thought of as the opposite of yuch, especially in response to food. Yum is an interjection used to indicate that you think something is delicious or looks appetizing. Like yuch, it can also be used in contexts other than food, such as to express that something is appealing.

Example: Broccoli? Yuch! I’d rather eat my own socks.

Where does yuch come from?

Yuch is a variant spelling of yuck. The first written records of the interjection yuck come from around the 1960s, but expressions that sound like it have certainly been used for much longer. Expressive words like yuch (and ew, which is first recorded around the same time) are formed in imitation of the sounds people make in reaction to things. Yuck is thought to have originated in the U.S., at least in print.

Yuch is most closely associated with yuchy foods, but it can be used in all kinds of contexts. You could say yuch when you yourself are feeling sick, as in Yuch, I hate feeling like this. You could say yuch in response to stepping in something gross, or seeing the inside of a filthy dumpster, or smelling someone’s burp (I know—yuch!). Yuch can also be used in other less traditional ways, such as to indicate disgust at the prospect of doing something you don’t want to do, as in I have to spend the whole weekend studying. Yuch. It can also be used in situations in which you encounter something that you want to jokingly say is nauseating, like a public display of affection that’s too public or too affectionate.

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What are some other forms related to yuch?

  • yucch (alternate spelling)
  • yuck (primary spelling)
  • yuchy (adjective)

What are some synonyms for yuch?

What are some words that often get used in discussing yuch?

 

How is yuch used in real life?

Yuch is very informal. The spelling yuck is much more commonly used.

 

 

Try using yuch!

Is yuch used correctly in the following sentence?

Oh, yuch, this yogurt expired seven years ago.