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[yahyks] /yaɪks/
interjection
1.
(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)
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British Dictionary definitions for yikes

yikes

/ˈjaiks/
interjection
1.
(informal) an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm
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Word Origin and History for yikes

exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yikes

yike

interjection

An exclamation of alarm or surprise: ''There are people next door,'' she said. ''Yikes,'' Hawk said (first form 1940s+, variant 1971+)


yipe

interjection

An exclamation of dismay, alarm, emphatic response, etc: Yipes, it's a rattlesnake! Yipe, that hurt!

[esp teenagers; probably fr the spontaneous interjection yi, a cry of pain or dismay, with the p or k stop intruding after lip closure, as it does in nope and yep]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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