yak

noun (1)
\ 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

yak

noun (2)
\ ˈyäk How to pronounce yak (audio) , ˈyak How to pronounce yak (audio) \

less common variant of

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

yak

verb
\ 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

yak

noun (3)
variants: or less commonly yack

Definition of yak (Entry 4 of 4)

: persistent or voluble talk

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Noun (1)

1yak

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First Known Use of yak

Noun (1)

1795, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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)

Verb

probably imitative

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“Yak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yak. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for yak

yak

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yak

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

yak

noun
\ 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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