Main definitions of yuck in English

: yuck1yuck2

yuck1

(also yuk)

exclamation

informal
  • Used to express strong distaste or disgust.

    ‘“Raw herrings! Yuck!”’
    • ‘We had cat hair stuck to our lip gloss, all over our clothes, just… yuck!’
    • ‘I had been using different brands of oil reducers, and they all made my face feel slimy - yuck!’
    • ‘We all know he's still in love with Joanna and he'd never betray her with Emma, yuk!’
    • ‘I know I said that there are better girls out there, but I didn't think my sister would be an option… yuck!’
    • ‘Some weird kid had asked his mother to make him sliced pickle on mayonnaise, yuck!’
    • ‘It's so annoying when you are in the middle of a meal and then the person behind you lights one up yuk!’
    • ‘The bread here is sweet, yuck!’
    • ‘In fact I'm sure that if I did eat meat (which I haven't done since I was about 13-as the smell makes me feel sick - yuk!’
    • ‘They were batting their eyelashes a million times a second and showing off their best seductive smiles… yuk!’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I would rather not have gotten my first kiss yet than have gotten it from the creep I did… yuck!’
    • ‘A part of one of my courses requires that I do some creative short story writing… yuck!’

noun

informal
  • Something messy or disgusting.

    ‘I can't bear the sight of blood and yuck’
    • ‘I was born naked, bald, covered in yuck and screaming.’
    • ‘By eating all those gross yuck foods your tummy will have a riot’
    • ‘Look at this messy bunch of used napkins, all with yuck inside.’
    • ‘Fruit cocktails are not just awful, they are yuck, especially re-fresher.’
    • ‘The last thing you want is a lifetime of arm stubble, yuck.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks back I was feeling exhausted, had a splitting headache, intense muscle pain, all in all yuck.’
    • ‘The insomnia building may or may not have contributed to my yuck on the Spanish exam.’
    dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
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Origin

1960s (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

yuck

/yək//jək/

Main definitions of yuck in English

: yuck1yuck2

yuck2

(also yuk)

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
informal
  • 1Laugh heartily.

    1. 1.1yuck it up Act so as to cause laughter; fool around.
      • ‘There was a festive atmosphere in the theatre on opening night, and many in attendance were seriously yucking it up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Shroeder and Vlad Putin were yukking it up at the G8 conference with jokes to one another about British cuisine.’
      • ‘Japanese soldiers really knew how to yuck it up.’

noun

North American
informal
  • A hearty laugh.

    • ‘It's not just yucks, but there's a lot of funny in it too.’
    • ‘I think we can all agree that the yays outweigh the yucks and therefore life is grand.’
    • ‘Even timeless yucks, such as men dressed in women's clothes, are fumbled.’
    • ‘Don't expend too many yucks straight away because there are quite a few other thigh-slappers in her essay.’
    • ‘We'll work her slow, soften her up and have some yucks while we're at it.’
    • ‘Anybody who appreciates a good yuck was sad to see the Minutemen pack up their pickups and go home.’
    • ‘It doesn't have as many yucks and guffaws as the original, but it can hold it's own as a fairly good comedy.’

Origin

1930s (theatrical slang): probably imitative.

Pronunciation

yuck

/jək//yək/