American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk: yanked the emergency cord.
- v. Slang To extract or remove abruptly: yanked the starting pitcher early in the game.
- v. To pull on something suddenly. See Synonyms at jerk1.
- n. A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be in active motion; move or work quickly; bustle.
- To talk fast or constantly; scold; nag.
- To move, carry, bring, take, etc., with a sudden jerk or jerking motion: usually with along, over, or out: as, to yank a fish out of the water.
- n. A quick, sharp stroke; a buffet.
- n. A jerk or twitch.
- n. plural Leggings or long gaiters worn in England by agricultural laborers.
- n. A Yankee.
- n. [The word acquired during the war of the rebellion wide currency as a nickname or contemptuous epithet among the Confederates for a Union soldier, the Confederates themselves being in like spirit dubbed Johnnies or Rebs by the Union soldiers.]
- n. A sudden, vigorous pull (sometimes defined as mass times jerk, or rate of change of force).
- v. transitive To pull something with a quick, strong action.
- v. transitive to remove from circulation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq. U. S. A jerk or twitch.
- v. Colloq. U. S. To twitch; to jerk.
- n. Slang An abbreviation of Yankee.
- v. pull, or move with a sudden movement
- n. an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
- n. an American (especially to non-Americans)
- Attested since 1822 CE; from Scots. Unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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