AskDefine | Define yank

The Collaborative Dictionary

Yank \Yank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yanked; p. pr. & vb. n. Yanking.] To twitch; to jerk. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]
Yank \Yank\, n. An abbreviation of Yankee. [Slang] [1913 Webster]
Yank \Yank\, n. [Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.] A jerk or twitch. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War) [syn: Yankee, Northerner]
2 an American who lives in New England [syn: New Englander, Yankee]
3 an American [syn: Yankee, Yankee-Doodle] v : pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open" [syn: jerk]
see Yank



  • , /jæŋk/, /j
Yank may refer to:
  • Yank, the Army Weekly, a newspaper for American soldiers during World War II
  • Yank (physics), the rate of change in force
  • Yanks, a 1979 film
  • Yank Rachell bluesman, mandolin and guitar player.
  • Yank, the name for the copy command in vi and the paste command in Emacs, two commonly used UNIX/Linux text editors.
  • Short form of Yankee, a slang term for someone of American origin or heritage
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