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yoink

verb; sound symbolism
to take or steal. Presumably, metonymy occurred, relating acquiring something to taking something (since acquiring as it occurs in video games rarely happens in real life). Thus, when one is going to take something, especially somewhat dishonestly, yoink might be used to describe such an act. (Note: I have also heard this used as a sound effect when one person removes a piece of food from another’s plate, which reinforced my view of the word’s use as a sense of slightly illegitimate taking.)
 
We're going to yoink some butter from the servery.
Etymology : An onomatopoeia taken from video games. Evidently, when one’s character acquires something good - like a mushroom or a heart - the game makes a “yoink” sound.
Source : My roommate
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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