yuk

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

Definition of yuk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

yuk

verb
variants: or yuck
yukked or yucked; yukking or yucking

Definition of yuk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

slang
: 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 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

Noun

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1964, in the meaning defined above

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