Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express mild fear or surprise.

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  • interj. Expressing fear.
  • interj. Expressing empathy with unpleasant or undesirable circumstances.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Reagan campaigned in the South convincing white voters that their taxes were high, jobs were insecure and wages stagnant because of black workers, black welfare queens and people to whom he referred to as yikes "young bucks".

    Obama's Speech and the Myth of Zero Sum Gain

  • Hi Pat, yikes, that is something to whine about for sure.

    Whine Along With Me « Fairegarden

  • He's three years younger than I am, and he liked a lot of things that I and my friends looked down on -- notably Grand Funk Railroad (they were an American band) and Emerson Lake & Palmer (yikes, that is one retro website).

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Coming into the recent election if you were in the oil business you had to notice that every new speech then candidate Obama gave, touched on eliminating America's dependence on fossil fuels (yikes, that is your bread and butter).

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Author's note - This is the big "yikes" part 1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.

    Judy Shapiro: There's Nothing "Social" About Online Social Engineering Attacks

  • Just to clarify, the "yikes" is not meant to be against JRJR though I'm no fan of Claremont's writing during this woefully latter-day period but Fall of the Mutants, X-men in Australia, and Silvestri.

    Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby – Day Four | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

  • In Ohio, where NAFTA is a four letter word blamed for the loss of thousands of jobs, this is a "yikes" moment for Obama.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2008

  • It's a "yikes" moment for Republicans on Capitol Hill, but Candy, I think it's also a "yikes" moment for John McCain, because, you know, you and I are really seeing the inverse of one another in terms of the enthusiasm on the campaign trail.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2008

  • It seems to me this is pretty much a "yikes" moment for Republicans on Capitol Hill.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2008

  • So, it's absolutely, as you put it very well, a "yikes" moment for congressional Republicans, because it's a symbolic punch in the gut to lose the seat that was held by the longest-serving Republican speaker in the House, and that's Denny Hastert's seat.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2008

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  • You know, like "ouch," "oh my god," "uh oh," that type of thing.

    February 3, 2008