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Slang

Yankee | Yank

This page is about the slang term Yankee | Yank

offensive!

Meaning

an American, a person from the United States of America

For example

  • Carlo says he's sick of the way Yankees invade other countries whenever they like instead of trying to solve problems through the United Nations.

  • Barry's from Canada, so whatever you do don't call him a Yank. He really hates that.

Note:
this word is not polite and you can easily upset Americans by calling them Yankees or Yanks

Origin: The original meaning was someone who lived in one of the north-eastern states of the U.S.A., or who fought as a Union soldier against the Confederates from the southern states in the American Civil War.

Quick Quiz

In which city do a lot of Yankees live?

a. Toronto

b. Washington

c. Santiago

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Contributor: Matt Errey