Definition of yonks in English:


plural noun

  • A very long time.

    ‘I haven't seen him for yonks’
    • ‘Ruud van Nistelrooy is about to make his first appearance for yonks.’
    • ‘The hunger has been there for yonks.’
    • ‘It was another black day for the blue-blooded Fraser clan, which is still in denial after losing its Highland estate yonks ago.’
    • ‘I thought the lead paint on toys story had been settled yonks ago.’
    • ‘The shop that stocked such items closed down yonks ago.’
    • ‘I was back at the bar at this point watching the proceedings when I spotted someone I knew from yonks ago.’
    • ‘We'd made a double batch yonks ago so we had to put some away in the freezer.’
    • ‘I like these guys, and as far as I know they haven't done anything for yonks.’
    • ‘The carpet had been there for yonks and people had commented on it.’
    • ‘There are yonks of solo shows with good buzz.’
    • ‘Analysing Lawson alone will take yonks, and I need help.’
    • ‘If a robot-child, many yonks into the future, were to ask me what was ‘hip’ in the 00's, what would i tell them?’
    • ‘I have been hounding these lads to come on tour with me for yonks, and with the complete band finally in the country, it is time.’
    • ‘How come it takes a biography to bring this to light, when we've all known about this for yonks?’
    • ‘There are books i've been meaning to read for yonks, but somehow haven't got down to’
    • ‘Why on earth is it called Magdalen Street when it's yonks from Magdalen?’
    • ‘Many plants have medical application, and have for yonks.’
    • ‘Adam from Soccer accidentally reminded me that it's about time I did what I've been meaning to do for yonks.’
    • ‘In the USA of course, prisoners have been disenfranchised in many states for yonks, and it is considered normal.’
    a long time, an age, ages, ages and ages, a time, a lifetime
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1960s: origin unknown; perhaps related to donkey's years (see donkey).