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Yonks

Posted by Shae on February 25, 2004

In Reply to: Meaning of word posted by carl klein on February 25, 2004

: what does "yonks" mean?
: I know it relates to time, having to wait "yonks"

I found it in two on-line English-English dictionaries but not in their American-English counterparts.

YONKS: noun [U] UK OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
a very long time, usually a number of years:
How is Gareth? I haven't seen him for yonks!(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

YONKS n. Quite simply, a long time. Not a specific length of time at all; it could be minutes or decades. Good examples would be "Where have you been? I've been waiting here for yonks!" or "Met a friend from school the other day who I haven't seen for yonks."
http://english2american.com/dictionary/y.html#yonks