\ ˈyək How to pronounce yuk (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly yak \ ˈyäk How to pronounce yuk (audio) , ˈyak How to pronounce yuk (audio) \ or yock \ ˈyäk How to pronounce yuk (audio) \

Definition of yuk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


variants: or yuck
yukked or yucked; yukking or yucking

Definition of yuk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: laugh, joke usually used in the phrase yuk it up

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Examples of yuk in a Sentence

Noun the yuks on this new sitcom are so pathetic that the souped-up laugh track merely adds insult to injury Verb pay no mind to those clowns—they are just yukking it up and don't mean any harm
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Certainly, a just-for-yuks take on infidelity, anger and marital resentment may strike many television executives as a risky bet. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon and Jerry Seinfeld at HBO’s Premiere of ‘Divorce’," 5 Oct. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Monocle isn’t a culinary utopia where Republicans and Democrats yuk it up together, engaging in the kind of cross-aisle socializing whose demise misty-eyed old-timers lament. Washington Post, "Partisan warfare rages just steps away. But at the Monocle, ‘You check all that at the door.’," 31 Jan. 2020 The old Boston standby David Ortiz now yuks it up with A-Rod on Fox’s postseason studio show. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Red Sox Lament in Houston: ‘They’ve Done Everything Right’," 6 Oct. 2017 Get ready to yuk it up with megastars Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr and others at Comedy Central Presents Colossal Clusterfest, a brand new festival set for June 2-4 in San Francisco. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Mammoth new San Francisco comedy festival to feature Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, more," 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of yuk


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Yuk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuk. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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