What does YIKES mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

YIKES Meaning

Yikes expresses shock or even alarm and is often used as a humorous response.

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How is YIKES used? Use Cases & Examples

Yikes is an interjection of surprise, alarm, or concern and is often used to respond to an awkward remark. A more emphatic version of the slang expression yikes is big yikes.

Examples of how your teen might use the slang term yikes:

-Just saw an ancient old lady in WalMart wearing a string bikini. Hurl alert!
-Yikes!

-Their dog tries to tear through the gate every time we walk by.
-Yikes, that’s scary.

-imma get this shoulder coaster of rabbit raider
-Big yikes!

-liam all salty coz he died so soon n he throwed the controller at me n broke my new glasses
-yikes that sux

How to Identify if your child is using the YIKES slang word

You might learn your child is using this slang term by chance when a text pops up on the phone screen. But while the slang term yikes is usually harmless, other teenage slang terms could indicate that your teen is talking about risky behaviors or communicating with potentially dangerous people.

Having a parental control app on your child’s phone will give you peace of mind by alerting you to your child’s exposure to risks encountered on their phone. With a parental control app installed on your child’s phone, you have the control to set alerts to help your teen avoid the pitfalls of predators, drug dealers, and other negative influences. Having the ability to vary the level of monitoring gives you the power to choose what is right for your child, and these levels can be adjusted easily at any time.

How to talk with your child about use of the YIKES slang word

There’s that passionate person in every group who loves to cannonball into a discussion, but tiptoeing around controversial topics is the M.O. for a lot of people, including teenagers. Having a handy slang term such as yikes to fall back on in awkward online conversations can be a lifesaver for your teen.

Here are some questions about the teenage slang expression yikes that you can use as conversation starters with your kid:

  • What’s your favorite yikes meme?
  • Did you know the origin of the slang term yikes is a call in fox-hunting to encourage the hounds?
  • Do you ever respond with the slang expression yikes if a friend suggest doing something sketchy or crazy?
  • What’s the most appalling thing someone has sent you and all you could say was yikes?
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