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[yok] /yɒk/
noun, verb (used with or without object), Slang.
yuk1 .


or yuck, yock, yok, yak

[yuhk] /yʌk/ Slang.
a loud, hearty laugh.
a joke evoking such a laugh.
verb (used with or without object), yukked, yukking.
to laugh or joke:
The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
Origin of yuk1
imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • Instead of doing what Yes had asked, No lay down, shut his eyes, and forgot about the yock.

  • What should now forbid that I whirl you away on the next car to Ne yock, and marry you right off?

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • "I yock it," she answered, placing her hand upon her own small crib, rocking it to and fro.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
Word Origin and History for yock


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yock



  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+)


  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]



A greeting or said to get someone's attention; hey: Yo, dudes and babes!

[1859+; even though yo and yoho are very old utterances, found by 1420, the recent revival of yo as a primarily black interjection has spawned comment; Ernest Paolino of Philadelphia, indignant because a New York writer had claimed the syllable for New York, recalls it from the 1930s as shortening of walyo; in the WWII Army it was the common form of here! used in responding to roll-calls]



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


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+)

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[perhaps echoic of gagging or vomiting]

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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