yonks

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. First seen in print around 1960. One theory is that it comes from donkey's years; another is that it is an acronym from years, months, weeks.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

yonks (uncountable)

  1. (UK, Australia) A long time (especially a longer time than expected); ages
    Haven’t seen him in yonks!
    I’ve been a teacher for yonks - I should really try another career.
    This egg is taking yonks to boil.

Usage notes[edit]

Common in many English-speaking countries but not those of North America, where it is generally unknown.