Big Yikes Slang: Meaning, Origin, Sentence Examples

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(Expression) Big Yikes is a Gen Z slang used when “yuck” is not enough to express the situation. It can also be used as an exclamation when a person is shocked or alarmed and could also be used in place of “wow” to show disgust.


The origin of the term “big yikes” that’s a common expression today is unknown. The expression was first, just yikes, but evolved around 2019 and became “big yikes.”

Demographic (Who Uses This Word)

Big yikes is an expression used mostly by Gen Z. This word is often seen and heard in social media platforms like TikTok. This is a relatively new word, since it came out last 2019, and is now a common slang on the internet.

Big Yikes Used in a Sentence

  • Example 1: Big Yikes! That was an awkward interaction.
  • Example 2: Big yikes, stop doing that. It’s embarrassing.

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