used to express fear or astonishment
Yikes! The pavement is hot! Scott ForesmanAnother monster crawled through a different doorway, quickly followed by a third, and then a fourth. "Yikes!" said Annie. Mary Pope OsborneYikes! The 'mullet' rears its ugly head again … Vanessa Thorpe

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Racked with nerves, 23-year-old Wodark prepped her boyfriend's skin, put on rubber gloves and even started revving up the tattoo gun (yikes!). Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2017 In the dining room, walls coated in slate blue, gray blue, or navy blue with white shiplap (yes please!) were worth $1,926 more, and red dining rooms took a $2,031 hit (yikes!). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 1 June 2017 Her looks often involve a lot of real props, including live snails, grass, flowers, wasps (yikes!), and fake blood. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, 28 May 2017

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Word History


probably alteration of yoicks

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yikes was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Yikes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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