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Meaning of YANK

Pronunciation:  yangk, yangk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an American
  2. [n]  an American who lives in New England
  3. [n]  an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
  4. [v]  pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."

YANK is a 4 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: jerk, New Englander, Northerner, Yankee, Yankee-Doodle
 See Also: American, draw, Federal, Federal soldier, force, New England, North, pull, Union soldier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Yank\, n. [Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.]
    A jerk or twitch. [Colloq. U. S.]
  2. \Yank\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yanked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To twitch; to jerk. [Colloq. U. S.]
  3. \Yank\, n.
    An abbreviation of {Yankee}. [Slang]
Computing Dictionary

(From the colloquial meaning "to pull suddenly") To insert a copy of some saved text at the current position in a document being edited.

The term is used in the unix text editors gnu emacs and vi but "paste" is more common elsewhere.