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  • noun A long time (especially a longer time than expected); ages


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Unknown. First seen in print around 1960. One theory is that it comes from donkey's years; another is that it is an initialism from years, months, weeks.



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  • In use in Australia.

    May 10, 2008

  • Trufax!

    October 4, 2007

  • I think so. But it deserves wider adoption.

    October 4, 2007

  • It's Britlish, no?

    October 4, 2007

  • "Yonks" is a long but unspecified period of time. E.g. "Mmm! I haven't eaten Brasso for yonks!" or "the last time I saw a heavy metal tattoo was yonks ago".

    I've heard it's some kind of weird contraction of "donkey's (y)ears", and maybe it is.

    October 4, 2007

  • is this like "holy smokes!"?

    October 4, 2007