\ ˈyak How to pronounce yak (audio) \
plural yaks also yak

Definition of yak

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a large long-haired wild or domesticated ox (Bos grunniens synonym B. mutus) of Tibet and adjacent elevated parts of central Asia
\ ˈyäk How to pronounce yak (audio) , ˈyak\

less common variant of

1 slang : laugh did it just for yuks
2 slang : joke, gag


\ ˈyak How to pronounce yak (audio) \
variants: or less commonly yack
yakked also yacked; yakking also yacking

Definition of yak (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to talk persistently : chatter
variants: or less commonly yack

Definition of yak (Entry 4 of 4)

: persistent or voluble talk

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Noun (1)


In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of yak

Noun (1)

1795, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yak

Noun (1)

Tibetan (Lhasa dialect) yaʔ (spelled gyag)


probably imitative

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The first known use of yak was in 1795

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English Language Learners Definition of yak

informal : to talk in a loud way often for a long time


\ ˈyak How to pronounce yak (audio) \

Kids Definition of yak

: a wild or domestic ox of the uplands of central Asia that has very long hair

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