yark

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ȝarken, ȝerken, from Old English ġearcian (to prepare, make ready, procure, furnish, supply), from Proto-Germanic *garwakōną (to prepare), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-, *gʰerbʰ- (to grab, take, rake), equivalent to yare +‎ -k. Related to Old English ġearc (ready, active, quick), Old English ġearu (prepared, ready, equipped, complete, finished, yare). More at yare.

Verb[edit]

yark (third-person singular simple present yarks, present participle yarking, simple past and past participle yarked)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To make ready; prepare.
    • 1881, Walter Gregor, Notes on the Folk-Lore of the North-East of Scotland:
      [...] Yet thou hast given us leather to yark, and leather to bark, [...]
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To dispose; be set in order for; be destined or intended for.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To set open; open.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin uncertain, probably originally imitative; compare jerk etc.

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Verb[edit]

yark (third-person singular simple present yarks, present participle yarking, simple past and past participle yarked)

  1. To draw (stitches etc.) tight.
  2. To hit, strike, especially with a cane or whip.
  3. To crack (a whip).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 96:
      he would throw a Dagger, and make a whip to yarke and lash [tr. faisoit craqueter], as cunningly as any Carter in France.

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