yakka
Work, strenuous labour. Also used as a verb meaning 'to work'. The word is used especially in the phrasehard yakka. It comes from yaga meaning 'work' in the Yagara indigenous language of the Brisbane region.Yakka found its way into nineteenth-century Australian pidgin, and then passed into Australian English. First recorded 1847.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • Yakka — is a loan word from two different Australian Aboriginal languages, both now commonly used in broader Australian English vocabulary. The word may refer to:* Hard work, from the Jagara people of Moreton Bay. It was spelled yakker or yacker until… …   Wikipedia

  • yakka — /ˈjækə / (say yakuh) –noun 1. Colloquial work: *The old man come up the hard way but his kids ll always have plenty others to do the hard yakka. –mary durack, 1959. –verb (i) 2. Obsolete to work: to yakka in the paddock all day. Also, yacker,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • yakka — /yak euh/, n. Australian. work, esp. hard work. [1885 90; earlier sp. yacker, yakker; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • yakka — 1. noun work 2. verb to work …   Wiktionary

  • Yakka — (hard manual) work …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • yakka — Australian Slang (hard manual) work, an Aboriginal term …   English dialects glossary

  • yakka — (yacka) n Australian work. The word is a native Aboriginal proper name …   Contemporary slang

  • yakka — [ jakə] (also yacker) noun Austral./NZ informal work. Origin from Yagara (an Aborig. lang.) yaga to work …   English new terms dictionary

  • yakka — yak·ka …   English syllables

  • yakka — UK [ˈjækə] / US noun [uncountable] Australian informal work …   English dictionary

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