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Slang words and phrases beginning with the letters “XYZ”



xerox
to photocopy something

Xmas
an abbreviation of "Christmas"

XYZ 
"code" said to alert someone that their zipper, or fly, is open

yahoo (1)
interjection expressing joy or excitement

yahoo (2)
a rude, loud, aggressive person

yakka 
work, physical labour

yakuza
a Japanese criminal organisation, or a member of such an organization

yank
to quickly pull something (v.); a quick pull (n.)

Yankee; Yank 
an American, a person from the United States of America

yap; yak; yack
to talk for too long and not say anything important or interesting

yawn
a dull, boring event or situation

yeah
yes

yellow
cowardly, not brave

yes-man
a person who always agrees with their employer

yid; Yid 
an offensive, derogatory word meaning a Jewish person

Yikes!
interjection expressing surprise or shock

yips
(in phrase the yips) nervous tension that causes mistakes

Yo! 
a greeting, like "Hey!"

yo-yo 
a stupid or crazy person

yob; yobbo
an aggressive, impolite, crude person

yokel 
a simple, poorly-educated person from the countryside

yonks
a very long time, ages

You bet!; You betcha!
yes (as in a strong positive response to a suggestion or an offer)

Yuck!
an expression of disgust

yucky
bad-tasting, not delicious

yummy
delicious

yuppie
a young professional with a high-paying job and an expensive lifestyle

zap (1)
to destroy, to obliterate

zap (2)
to use a laser, a taser, or to electrocute someone

zap (3) 
to control an appliance like a TV with a hand-held device

zero
a worthless person, someone who's done nothing worthwhile in life

zilch
nothing, none, no

zine
a cheaply produced magazine, usually related to music or the arts

zing
energy, liveliness

zinger 
a striking comment, an amusing remark

zip (1)
energy, vitality

zip (2)
nothing, zero

zit
pimple

zonk 
to hit or punch someone

zonked; zonked out (1)
under the influence of drugs or alcohol

zonked; zonked out (2) 
exhausted, very tired

Zs 
sleep

 

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