This page is about the slang term yakka

Australian English


work, physical labour

For example

  • Gettin' that bloody trench dug was hard yakka, mate!

  • The trouble with kids these days is that they've never had to do a hard day's yakka in their lives. They've had it too bloody easy!

Most often used in the collocation "hard yakka".


This is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

My Australian mate said, "Hard yakka's OK as long as

a. you've got strong teeth

b. you know how to soften it

c. you get well paid for it

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Contributor: Matt Errey