- 1chiefly • derogatory An American.More example sentences
- The American at home is the opposite of the Yank abroad: helpful, charming and painfully sincere.
- Help Britain keep up with America; as usual, the Yanks got her first after our A & R men refused her a deal.
- It's like the Yanks and the Canadians - not much love lost there.
- 2US another term for Yankee ( sense 2).More example sentences
- Wonder what it will be like to have a few of those Yanks here with us.
- The new, US-supported Georgian government has given the green light for the Yanks to stay.
- So the game ends, the Yanks are swept by the Mets and dad tells us that he put a new flag up in front of the house to replace my mother's Yankee flag.
More definitions of YankDefinition of Yank in:
- The US English dictionary
- Pull with a jerk: her hair was yanked, and she screamed he yanked her to her feet [no object]: Liz yanked at her armMore example sentences
- Two steps and he was at my side, his hand wrapped in my hair, yanking my face up to him.
- He grabbed the back of my head, weaving his fingers in my hair and then yanked my head up.
- As Jimmy reached me, he pulled my hair, yanking my head back as he placed the gun to my neck.
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- A sudden hard pull: one of the other girls gave her ponytail a yankMore example sentences
- Brion pulled him up with a swift yank and continued to walk as if nothing had happened.
- After yet more threats and a hard yank on the arm she walked out of her cell and was led to the Ceremony Room.
- A sudden yank and that temporary feeling was gone, she was back on the bed in a daze.
late 18th century (as a Scots word in the sense 'sudden sharp blow'): of unknown origin.