noun /jɒŋks/
A long time (especially a longer time than expected); ages

Haven’t seen him in yonks!

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  • yonks — [jɔŋks US ja:ŋks] n [U] BrE spoken informal a long time = ↑ages ▪ It s yonks since we had a good night out. ▪ We went to Blackpool once, yonks ago . nOt do sth for yonks ▪ We haven t seen Tom and Jean for yonks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yonks — ► PLURAL NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a very long time. ORIGIN perhaps related to donkey s years (see DONKEY(Cf. ↑donkey)) …   English terms dictionary

  • yonks — noun (U) BrE spoken a long time: It s yonks since we had a good night out. | not do sth for yonks: We haven t seen Tom and Jean for yonks. | yonks ago: We went to Blackpool once, yonks ago …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • yonks — I Australian Slang a long period of time II Everyday English Slang in Ireland n a long time III Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Years ages an awfy long time Example: Nah ah huvnae seen Raffy fur yonks he wis last seen round Saughton way no telling …   English dialects glossary

  • yonks — [[t]jɒ̱ŋks[/t]] N PLURAL Yonks means a very long time. [BRIT, INFORMAL] He s been here for yonks. Everyone knows him. Syn: ages …   English dictionary

  • yonks — forever, a long time ago, ages; as in I haven t seen them in yonks …   Kiwi (New Zealand slang)

  • Yonks — Blimey, I haven t heard from you for yonks . If you heard someone say that it would mean that they had not seen you for ages! …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • yonks — A long time Little Johnny waited for the train for yonks …   Dictionary of american slang

  • yonks — n British a very long time, ages. This now popular word began to be heard in the early 1960s, mainly in middle class usage. Its exact etymology is obscure; it may be a children s deformation of years or an alteration of donkey s years . God, I… …   Contemporary slang

  • yonks — /jɒŋks / (say yongks) noun Colloquial a long time: I haven t been there for yonks. {20th century; origin unknown} …   Australian English dictionary

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