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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cacklenoun

    noisy talk

  2. yak, Bos grunniensverb

    large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated

  3. yak, gabverb

    talk profusely

    "she was yakking away about her grandchildren"


  1. yak

    A yak is a large, domesticated wild ox with shaggy hair, humped shoulders, and large horns, native to the mountainous regions of Tibet. It is mainly used for carrying heavy loads, transportation, and producing milk, meat, and wool. The scientific name for a yak is Bos grunniens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yaknoun

    a bovine mammal (Poephagus grunnies) native of the high plains of Central Asia. Its neck, the outer side of its legs, and its flanks, are covered with long, flowing, fine hair. Its tail is long and bushy, often white, and is valued as an ornament and for other purposes in India and China. There are several domesticated varieties, some of which lack the mane and the long hair on the flanks. Called also chauri gua, grunting cow, grunting ox, sarlac, sarlik, and sarluc

  2. Etymology: [Tibetan gyag.]


  1. Yak

    The yak is a long-haired bovine found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Most yaks are domesticated animals, usually referred to as Bos grunniens. There is also a small, vulnerable wild yak population, referred to as Bos mutus. In the 1990s, a concerted effort was undertaken to help save the wild yak population.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yak

    yak, n. a species of ox found in Tibet, and domesticated there, covered all over with a thick coat of long silky hair, that of the lower parts hanging down almost to the ground. [Tibetan.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. yaknoun

    Comes from the word "cognac" (con-yak), a French brandy. This is actually the phonetical version of "gnac", as in "cognac". "Dre and snoop chronic'd out in the 'llac (caddilac), with Doc in the back sippin' on 'gnac" - Dr. Dre (The Next Episode). "Jewish people like to sip back on dat yak..."

Editors Contribution

  1. yakverb

    (informal, slang) To vomit.

    Every time I get nervous, I yak.

    Etymology: Apparently an onomatopoeia.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on October 3, 2022  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. YAK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Yak is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Yak surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Yak.

    52.7% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
    30.2% or 39 total occurrences were White.
    12.4% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.6% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yak in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of yak in a Sentence

  1. Western Washington:

    As part of its criminal investigation, University Police have served a warrant on the Yik Yak social media platform seeking information on those who made threats via Yik Yak.

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