Definition of gak in English:


(also gack)


  • 1Cocaine.

    • ‘He once drove around Memphis for a week, high on gak, and talking to a lifesize cut-out of Elvis Presley.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that after a commentary recording session between her and Baker, the engineers found a good portion of gak rolled up in there.’
    • ‘Everyone not playing with their toes in a crib, or drooling down themselves in a care home, is fully aware that models hoover up the gak like their careers depend upon it.’
    • ‘I took on some successful DJ gigs and opened for Junior Jack, but left the exciting Latin House genre after repeated offers of kilogram blocks of solid gak in exchange for performances.’
  • 2A sticky or messy substance.

    ‘the shower failed to remove the gak from my hair’
    • ‘And then it was onto mopping up a split drink (Kiwitini apparently, squidgy green gack), which somehow left a much whiter patch on the cream carpet.’
    • ‘When I say 'stew', I mean up to his armpits in a brown, oozing, sticky, gooey, gravy-dumpling gack.’
    • ‘In my experience, real kitchens come complete with gack on the floor of the oven and curd in the crevices of the hob.’
    • ‘A scrubby is, for those who don't know, a large ball of twisted pieces of metal used to scrub caked-on gack from cooking gear.’
    • ‘The foie gras starter was served a little too chambré, so that it had a buttery gack to it, and I did not at all like the sour cherry strudel it was served with.’


  • Used to express distaste or disgust.

    ‘Gak! There she is again!’
    • ‘Gak - it looks like it might rain.’
    • ‘He wades in with his worst Johnny Cash imitation on the song, Big River. *gack*’
    • ‘I smooth it down, tuck it back, but twenty minutes later I'll be walking past a mirror and - "Gack!"’
    • ‘Gak - after being woken up by a man from The Poppy Appeal (yes, I bought a poppy) I went back to bed and slept until 12:06!’
    • ‘I expect we will hear about a private White House screening of Gibson's film any day now, gack…’
    • ‘Little Jack's not so little anymore; he's 23 now, and driving (gack) a Hummer H2 ['gack' because it's a *fake* Hummer, you understand.]’
    • ‘But gack, it's just so clumsy here, and so very, very self-conscious.’
    • ‘Well, his choice of music wasn't too bad to start with (Jane's Addiction, Sonic Youth, Mazzy Star, Spiritualized) but I missed all those and had the misfortune to tune into Limp Bizkit (gak), Swervedriver (yawn), Christina Aguilera (what the …?)’
    • ‘Gak - still need to unpack and do laundry.’
    • ‘MSN's UnderWire (gak, I don't think I like that name!) has an article on women in high tech and how they dress.’
    • ‘Gack, this pollen really is bad for the throat and the eyes.’


1970s: imitative; the form gak dates from the 1990s.