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yack

[yak] /yæk/
verb (used without object), noun, Slang.
1.
yak2 .
Related forms
yacker, noun

yak2

or yack, yackety-yak

[yak] /yæk/ Slang.
verb (used without object), yakked, yakking.
1.
to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; gab; chatter:
They've been yakking on the phone for over an hour.
noun
2.
incessant idle or gossipy talk.
Origin of yak2
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; apparently of expressive orig.
Related forms
yakker, noun
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Examples from the Web for yack
Historical Examples
  • yack, he picks up the trail from here to where you can follow easy.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • Church a yack (or watch), to take the works of a watch from its original case, and put them into another one, to avoid detection.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Tom perceived Andrew's useless emulation, and with a sound translated by 'yack,' sent his leg out a long way.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • This latter name accords with Macgillivray's mode of spelling its note, yack chuck, harsh enough, no one will deny.

British Dictionary definitions for yack

yack

/jæk/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of yak2

yak1

/jæk/
noun
1.
a wild and domesticated type of cattle, Bos grunniens, of Tibet, having long horns and long shaggy hair
Word Origin
C19: from Tibetan gyag

yak2

/jæk/
noun
1.
Also yakety-yak. noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation
verb yaks, yakking, yakked
2.
(intransitive) to chatter or talk in this way; jabber
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yack
v.

"to talk, to chatter," slang, 1950, probably echoic (cf. Australian slang yacker "talk, conversation," 1882). Yackety is recorded from 1953.

yak

n.

"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak."

v.

"laugh," 1938; "talk idly," 1950; echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yack

yak

noun

  1. Talk, esp idle or empty chatter; mere babbling: All they can talk about, yack-yack-yack, is their own specialty/ I don't care how owlish you look, how convincing you sound, this is just yak yak yak until you do it/ in the midst of all the political yuk-yuk that dins around us/ if the State Department would stop its incessant yakitty-yak (1958+)
  2. A laugh; a guffaw: ''Take off your clothes.'' Pause for audience yuks/ It makes me furious when I have a corny line and it gets a yock (1938+)

verb

  1. (also yack it up or yak it up or yock it up or yuk it up): Everybody is yakking out an opinion on whether he should now reconsider his candidacy/ sparing the rod and yak-yakking and explaining all the time/ The students were seated on the floor, still yocking away/ I'll be 75 and hanging around bars yocking it up (1950+)
  2. (also yack it up or yak it up or yock it up or yuk it up): Ken Gaul is yukking, tugging at his pointy satyr's beard/ There'd be Don, yockin' it up like crazy. He's so hysterical with laughter/ former senator George McGovern, yukking it up with Paul Volcker (1938+)

[echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin]

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