What does YANK stand for?

An American

A yank is a slang term for an American. It is an abbreviated version of yankee or yanky that is commonly used by citizens of other countries as a derogatory term to describe an American who exhibits poor behavior.

The term may also be used by Americans who live in the southern region of the country to refer to Americans who live in the northern region of the country. This was especially common in the 1800s during the but is still sometimes used by resentful Southerners today.


There are a lot of yanks that travel here during the summer season
Hopefully they plan to spend a lot of money while they are here too

Related Slang


Updated November 14, 2018

Yank definition by Slang.net

This page explains what the acronym "Yank" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the Slang.net team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!