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yikes

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interjection \ˈyīks\

Simple Definition of yikes

  • —used to express a feeling of fear or surprise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yikes

  1. —used to express fear or astonishment

Origin of yikes

probably alteration of yoicks


First Known Use: 1957


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