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  • n. itch, a prickly feeling
  • v. to itch, irritate the skin


From (northern) Middle English yukun, from Old English gikkan, cognate with Dutch jeuk (Wiktionary)


  • And all those prostitutes parading their wares, yeuk!

    Mayerling, yet again

  • Loose and missing teeth, soft, bleeding gums, the pus-filled, itching follicles of "the yeuk" that so lavishly decorated His Highness's white skin.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • "His Highness cannot suffer from the yeuk, like a common peasant!"

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Ye see, "continued the expert in camping out on hills," the hay an 'the heather gets doon yer neck an' mak's ye yeuk [itch] an 'fidge a' day.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • Ye'll maybe get a bit dab frae the neb o 'a jockteleg [point of a sheath-knife] that will yeuk [tickle] ye for a day or twa gin ye dinna learn an' that speedily, as Maister Welsh wad say, to keep yer Han's aff my faither's dochter. "

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • An 'at first ye mind that, though after a while gin ye dinna yeuk, ye find it michty oninterestin'! "

    The Lilac Sunbonnet


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  • Yueck.

    January 4, 2010

  • "It was scurvy, and several of the other diseases of malnutrition. I said as much.

    'Nonsense!' said Sheridan, outraged. 'His Highness cannot suffer from the yeuk, like a common peasant!'

    'He's been eating like one,' I retorted. 'Or rather worse than one.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 873

    January 3, 2010