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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

yak3

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

yuk1

or yuck, yock, yok, yak

[yuhk] /yʌk/ Slang.
noun
1.
a loud, hearty laugh.
2.
a joke evoking such a laugh.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), yukked, yukking.
3.
to laugh or joke:
The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
Origin
imitative
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  • They'll be yakking back and forth for a couple of hours, yet.

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  • "Just before the 'copter started down, Miss Valdar was yakking about how we were all going to be rich," Parker interrupted.

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British Dictionary definitions for yakking

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 yakking

yuk

"laughter, something evoking laughs," 1964, imitative; see yuck (2).

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 yakking

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]

yuck

interjection

An exclamation of disgust: ''Those women on the PBS specials seem to love it.'' ''Yuck,'' Connie mugged (1969+)

noun

A disgusting substance, person, or thing; someone or something nasty: precipitation in the form of rain, snow, and assorted other atmospheric yuck/ clean all the yecch out of her system/ Mario is an intellectually dishonest person. He's just yecch (1943+)

Related Terms

yak

[perhaps echoic of gagging or vomiting]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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