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  • interjection colloquial Onomatopoeic, accompanying or describing a yank, or snatch.
  • verb onomatopoeia To make a yoink sound.
  • verb colloquial To hop or bounce.
  • verb colloquial To yank or snatch.


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1954. Onomatopoeic.


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  • mmmmm....Simpsons' words...

    February 8, 2007

  • It's the sound made by stealing something, or (more frequently) the sound the person doing the grabbing or stealing makes while grabbing. Used frequently by 'Snake' on the Simpsons.

    June 18, 2009

  • yoink as a verb means to take or steal something. It is also used as an exclamation when taking or stealing something: Yoink! I got your nose!

    August 13, 2009

  • I think it may have actually been coined by the Simpsons, making it one of several words from the show that have wound up entering the language ("d'oh", "cromulent", "embiggen", "unpossible", and Nelson's laugh). Has anybody heard it in a source earlier than that?

    December 5, 2012

  • In the etymology section on Wiktionary (, someone has written "1954. Onomatopoeic." Previous versions of that page show that folks have thought there was some connection to Scooby Doo, but I think the word used there was probably something more like "zoiks" (and, if I remember correctly, it was usually a more like a yelp of surprise).

    December 5, 2012