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yanked; yanking; yanks

intransitive verb

: to pull on something with a quick vigorous movement

transitive verb

: to pull or extract with a quick vigorous movement
: to remove in or as if in an abrupt manner
yanked the story from the evening edition


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noun (1)

: a strong sudden pull : jerk


3 of 3

noun (2)

: yankee

Examples of yank in a Sentence

Verb He yanked the door shut. She yanked on the dog's leash. Noun (1) had to give the shoe a good yank to get it off
Recent Examples on the Web
The Moon in your people-pleasing 7th house yanks rebel Uranus in your professional 10th house into a square. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 On May 1, Comcast, the dominant cable provider in South Florida, yanked Bally Sports networks from the homes of all of its subscribers nationally after months of negotiations between Comcast and Diamond Sports Group (which owns the Bally sports regionals) failed to produce a new carriage agreement. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 24 June 2024
With tugs and yanks and positive feedback, a planetary makeover began that is rampant today. Stephen Pyne, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 Only the snarl of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 will give away that this wagon’s packing 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of yank. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for yank 

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1822, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yank was in 1778

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Cite this Entry

“Yank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yank. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
: a strong sudden pull : jerk


2 of 3 verb
: to pull suddenly or forcefully


3 of 3 noun
: yankee

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