Definition of yeti in English:

yeti

Pronunciation /ˈyedē/ /ˈjɛdi/

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noun

  • A large hairy creature resembling a human or bear, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas.

    Also called Abominable Snowman

    ‘I didn't know what to make of his story of meeting two yetis in the high Himalayas.’
    • ‘Presumably the yeti is a northern creature.’
    • ‘The yeti howled as the giant glob of ice fell atop of it.’
    • ‘About five years ago a climber in the Himalayas claims to have seen a pair of yetis hanging out.’
    • ‘Those people will tell you that the yeti is a species of bear.’
    • ‘He was rescued by a yeti.’
    • ‘He brought back reports of yetis in Tibet.’
    • ‘Was this the fabled yeti, terrorizing another doomed high-altitude expedition?’
    • ‘He was imprisoned in Switzerland for terrorising skiers while dressed as a yeti.’
    • ‘She made her character seem plausible, despite having to play scenes where she was attacked by yetis.’
    • ‘Hillary's expedition did bring back furs that supposedly came from yetis, and an abundance of photos of suspicious tracks in the snow.’
    • ‘There could be yetis out there somewhere.’
    • ‘It was a Karvitaka, an equivalent to a yeti, but a lot bigger.’
    • ‘In parts of the Himalaya, the big cats have a near-mythical status comparable with the yeti, or abominable snowman.’
    • ‘You said you spotted a yeti and that it was a great disappointment.’
    • ‘Reporting a story on extreme-job holders is a lot like stalking the Tibetan yeti.’
    • ‘How many times has something as fanciful as a unicorn, a yeti, a mermaid or a werewolf turned out to be based on fact?’
    • ‘We don't know the details about the yeti.’
    • ‘Scientists were baffled by the DNA in so-called yeti hair discovered by a British expedition in Bhutan two years ago.’
    • ‘They played Glastonbury in yeti costumes.’

Origin

1930s apparently from a term in Sherpa (a local language) that is related to Tibetan gya ‘rocky place’ + dred ‘yellow bear, hyena’.