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yak1

[yak] /yæk/
noun
1.
a large, stocky, shaggy-haired wild ox, Bos grunniens, of the Tibetan highlands, having long, curved horns: endangered.
2.
a domesticated variety of this animal.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Tibetan, spelling gyag

yak2

[yak] /yæk/
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.
Also, yack, yackety-yak.
Origin
1945-50, Americanism; apparently of expressive orig.
Related forms
yakker, noun

yak3

[yak] /yæk/
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), yakked, yakking. Slang.
1.
yuk1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for yak

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 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 yak

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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