verb (used with or without object)
- to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously: Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.
- an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.
- to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
- a sharp jerking movement; tug
- a slang word for an American
- US informal short for Yankee
v.1822, Scottish, of unknown origin. Related: Yanked; yanking. The noun is 1818 in sense of “sudden blow, cuff.”