yikes

interjection
\ ˈyīks \

Definition of yikes 

used to express fear or astonishment

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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, "Tattoo Artist Proposes to His Girlfriend in the Riskiest Way Ever," 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, "This Is the Paint Color You Should Use If You Want Your Home to Sell," 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, "This Makeup Artist Uses ACTUAL Bugs and Grass for Her Instagram Looks," 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of yikes

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yikes

probably alteration of yoicks

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The first known use of yikes was in 1941

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yikes

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of yikes

—used to express a feeling of fear or surprise

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