Origin of yankfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
To start this lawnmower you need to yank on this cord.
- The definition of a Yank is a Yankee meaning someone from the north of the U.S., from the northeast U.S. or sometimes just from the U.S.
An example of a Yank is someone fighting for the north during the Civil War.
- To yank is defined as to pull sharply or jerk.
- An example of yank is to pull the cord to start a lawnmower.
- An example of yank is to suddenly take a goalie out of the soccer game.
verbyanked, yank·ing, yanks
- To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk: yanked the emergency cord.
- Informal To extract or remove abruptly: yanked the starting pitcher early in the game.
Origin of yankOrigin unknown
- Informal A native or inhabitant of a northern US state, especially a Union soldier during the Civil War.
- Chiefly British A native or inhabitant of the United States.
(third-person singular simple present yanks, present participle yanking, simple past and past participle yanked)
Attested since 1822 CE; from Scots. Unknown origin.
- If, while you're swimming, you feel trunks or a bikini bottom start to slide down, you can stop and yank the offending garment back in place.
- Waxing involves applying warm wax to hair, covering with a strip and ripping off in one quick motion, similar to the way you would yank off a band aid.
- Put your hands behind your neck (not back of the head) or next to your ears -- whatever you prefer, just don't yank at the back of the head since this put a lot of stress on the fragile upper spine.
- You should then place her "fish", which can be a piece of candy, inexpensive toy, etc. on the clothespin, give it a yank, and have her pull it up!
- It got hung up on a stump and she had to yank from another direction to dislodge it.