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From Ottoman Turkish یایقامق(yaykamak, to wash), from Old Turkic [script needed] (yayka-, to shake, rinse). There are two theories about the further etymology:

  • Altaicists construct Proto-Turkic *jAńka- (to shake, bring into motion), and derive it from Proto-Altaic *leńa ("to incline, sway, shake").[1] Compare Mongolian найгах (naigakh, to shake, sway).
  • According to Nişanyan it is derived from Old Turkic [script needed] (yayık, agitation, playful, unstable), derived from Old Turkic [script needed] (yay-, to shake, rinse),[2] therefore it must be a secondary form derived from Proto-Turkic *jāj- (to shake, rinse). See yayık.

Compare çalkalamak for a similar semantic reach.


yıkamak (third-person singular simple present yıkar)

  1. (transitive) to wash
    Arabamı yıkayacağım.I will wash my car.


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  1. ^ Starostin, Sergei; Dybo, Anna; Mudrak, Oleg (2003) Etymological dictionary of the Altaic languages (Handbuch der Orientalistik; VIII.8), Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill: “*leńa”
  2. ^ Nişanyan, Sevan (2002–), “yıka-”, in Nişanyan Sözlük