Used to express strong distaste or disgust.
- ‘Raw herrings! Yuck!’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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!’
- ‘The bread here is sweet, yuck!’
- ‘A part of one of my courses requires that I do some creative short story writing… 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!’
- ‘We all know he's still in love with Joanna and he'd never betray her with Emma, yuk!’
- ‘They were batting their eyelashes a million times a second and showing off their best seductive smiles… yuk!’
- ‘I know I said that there are better girls out there, but I didn't think my sister would be an option… yuck!’
- ‘I would rather not have gotten my first kiss yet than have gotten it from the creep I did… yuck!’
- ‘Some weird kid had asked his mother to make him sliced pickle on mayonnaise, yuck!’
Something messy or disgusting.
dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
- ‘I can't bear the sight of blood and yuck’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Fruit cocktails are not just awful, they are yuck, especially re-fresher.’
- ‘I was born naked, bald, covered in yuck and screaming.’
- ‘By eating all those gross yuck foods your tummy will have a riot’
- ‘The insomnia building may or may not have contributed to my yuck on the Spanish exam.’
1960s (originally US): imitative.
verb[no object]informal North American
- ‘he has them yucking at him one moment and at themselves the next’
- 1.1yuck it upAct so as to cause laughter; fool around.
- ‘cops tend to yuck it up, probably to cover their nervousness’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There was a festive atmosphere in the theatre on opening night, and many in attendance were seriously yucking it up.’
- ‘Japanese soldiers really knew how to yuck it up.’
nouninformal North American
A hearty laugh.
- ‘clever writing and oddball characters make for some satisfying yucks’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I think we can all agree that the yays outweigh the yucks and therefore life is grand.’
- ‘We'll work her slow, soften her up and have some yucks while we're at it.’
- ‘Even timeless yucks, such as men dressed in women's clothes, are fumbled.’
- ‘Anybody who appreciates a good yuck was sad to see the Minutemen pack up their pickups and go home.’
1930s (theatrical slang): probably imitative.
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