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noun (1)

plural yaks also yak
: a large long-haired wild or domesticated ox (Bos grunniens synonym B. mutus) of Tibet and adjacent elevated parts of central Asia

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less common variant of yuk entry 1

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


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variants or less commonly yack
yakked also yacked; yakking also yacking

intransitive verb

: to talk persistently : chatter


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noun (3)

variants or less commonly yack
: persistent or voluble talk

Examples of yak in a Sentence

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Now aggressive contests between domestic and wild yaks are headaches for local herders. Discover Magazine, 5 July 2024 But yaks, horses, and gazelles also appeared, along with two species of deer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 July 2024 Their work revealed that Denisovans could hunt, butcher and process a range of different large and small animals, including woolly rhinos, blue sheep, wild yaks, marmots and birds. Katie Hunt, CNN, 3 July 2024 This fantasy New York is populated by anthropomorphized animals—yaks in business suits, gazelles in dresses and lipstick—and for Dog and Robot, everything, from an octopus subway drummer to a morning of roller-dancing in Central Park, is a source of delight. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for yak 

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Word History


Noun (1)

Tibetan (Lhasa dialect) yaʔ (spelled gyag)


probably imitative

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1795, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yak was in 1795

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“Yak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yak. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural yaks also yak
: a large long-haired wild or domesticated ox of Tibet and nearby elevated parts of central Asia

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