interjection Etymology: probably alteration of yoicks Date: 1957 — used to express fear or astonishment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • yikes — [yīks] interj. used to express pain, dismay, alarm, etc. * * * yikes (yīks) interj. Used to express mild fear or surprise.   [Origin unknown.] * * * …   Universalium

  • yikes — [jaıks] interjection informal said when something frightens or shocks you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yikes — [ jaıks ] interjection INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED used as an expression of surprise or slight fear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • yikes — exclamation of alarm or surprise, by 1953; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike a fight is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection …   Etymology dictionary

  • yikes — ► EXCLAMATION informal, humorous ▪ expressing shock and alarm. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • yikes — [yīks] interj. used to express pain, dismay, alarm, etc …   English World dictionary

  • yikes — UK [jaɪks] US interjection informal old fashioned used as an expression of surprise or slight fear Thesaurus: old fashioned expressions of surprisesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • yikes — 1. (yikes) (281↑, 28↓) a term used to show shock or extreme surprise. Yikes! That sure scared me! Author: Kim (Matt s Girlfriend) http://yikes.urbanup.com/216997 2. (yikes) (128↑, 60↓) used instead of shit or in a manner that denotes a slight… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Yikes! — int Interjection of surprise. Yikes! That was a close call! 1930s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • yikes — oh,gee, gosh, yeow    Yikes! There s a spider on me! …   English idioms

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