- Used to express strong distaste or disgust: Raw herrings! Yuck!More example sentences
- CREEPY-crawliesfound themselves in the spotlight this week in Carlow and no one dared - not even once, to utter the word… yuk!
- Some of their food was quite nice but some was a bit yuk!
- It's so annoying when you are in the middle of a meal and then the person behind you lights one up yuk!
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- Something messy or disgusting: I can’t bear the sight of blood and yuckMore example sentences
- Look at this messy bunch of used napkins, all with yuck inside.
- A couple of weeks back I was feeling exhausted, had a splitting headache, intense muscle pain, all in all yuck.
- The last thing you want is a lifetime of arm stubble, yuck.
1960s (originally US): imitative.
North American • informal
- 1.1 (yuck it up) Act so as to cause laughter; fool around: cops tend to yuck it up, probably to cover their nervousnessMore example sentences
- Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Shroeder and Vlad Putin were yukking it up at the G8 conference with jokes to one another about British cuisine.
- Over there is the circus Fat Man, Preston Lacy, yucking it up for your viewing pleasure.
- There's a fine shot of him yucking it up in Beijing with former Chicom boss Jiang Zemin, aka the Robin Williams of the Middle Kingdom.
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- A hearty laugh: clever writing and oddball characters make for some satisfying yucksMore example sentences
- It doesn't have as many yucks and guffaws as the original, but it can hold it's own as a fairly good comedy.
- Don't expend too many yucks straight away because there are quite a few other thigh-slappers in her essay.
- It's not just yucks, but there's a lot of funny in it too.
1930s (theatrical slang): probably imitative.