Definitions for YANKyæŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to pull or tug sharply:

    Yank on the bell rope.

  2. (v.t.)to pull abruptly.

  3. to remove abruptly and unceremoniously:

    He was yanked out of school.

  4. (n.)an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.

Origin of yank:


Yank*(n.; adj.)

  1. Yankee.

    Category: Informal

* (yangk),Informal..

Origin of Yank:

1770–80, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yankee, Yank, Northerner(noun)

    an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)

  2. Yankee, Yank, Yankee-Doodle(verb)

    an American (especially to non-Americans)

  3. yank, jerk(verb)

    pull, or move with a sudden movement

    "He turned the handle and jerked the door open"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yank(verb)ˈæŋk

    to pull very hard

    He yanked on the rope.


  1. yank(Noun)

    A sudden, vigorous pull (sometimes defined as mass times jerk, or rate of change of force).

  2. yank(Verb)

    To pull something with a quick, strong action.

  3. yank(Verb)

    to remove from circulation

    They yanked the product as soon as they learned it was unsafe.

  4. Yank(Noun)

    A Yankee, a Northerner: someone from the Northern United States.

  5. Yank(Noun)

    A Yankee, an American: someone from the United States.

  6. Origin: From Yankee.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yank(noun)

    a jerk or twitch

  2. Yank(verb)

    to twitch; to jerk

  3. Yank(noun)

    an abbreviation of Yankee

Translations for YANK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden sharp pull; a jerk

She gave the rope a yank.

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