A yanki is simply a subculture that was popular in Japan in the 80's and 90's. Moreover, it was basically the style of delinquent students. They were characterized by punch perms or pompadours, shaved eyebrows, altered school uniforms, popping squats, being poor students and causing violence or trouble. Yanki is a term that applies to both boys and girls. Although it is said some yanki would be recruited into the yakuza, or Japanese organized crime, this is not always true. Many yanki simply joined the regular workforce and lived regular, productive lives after high school. Being a yanki was simply a way to enjoy youth and lash out at society similar to the punk rock movement in the West.

Bosozoku had a similar style to yanki, but were known for their outrageous and illegally modified motorcycles. Their outfits usually consisted of long jackets or flight suits consisting of complicated kanji with multiple meanings. On occasion, bike gangs would gather and parade down streets interfering with traffic or waking people at night. In their heyday, both yanki and bosozoku were considered a menace to society.

The term "yanki" has been popularized in American culture through the movie Kamikaze Girls. However, in Japan it comprises whole a genre of comics, movies, and even music.
He used to be a feared yanki with a huge pompadour and shaved eyebrows, but now he is a family-man working construction.

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by R Duffy March 8, 2008
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a japanese gangster. they usually are in highschool and when they are they graduate to yakuza
in kamikaze girls there was a lot of yankis!
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Yanky is the kind of guy you would always want to hang out with , maybe a little shy at first but once he opens up you can see his great personality, Yanky is the guy that’s always there for a friend , the guy whose happy when he does a favor for someone , yanky is someone you would feel confident to talk about you’re feeling to , Yanky is someone everyone would love .
Person : thank you so much for this Yanky .
Yanky: I’m happy that you’re happy !
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A universal term that can be used in near any context, yet somehow still always gets your point across. Can be used to replace words that you couldn't quite get to the tip of your tongue.
Wow this is a bunch of absolute yankis.

"What did you do last night?" "Oh, ya know, I was just yankin' with the boys."
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American wind sack, worst tpe of Human on the planet, lives with head inserted completely up his own rectum, there all very stupid.
Some stupid yanky was mouthing off about how large his car was so we battered him.
by Commie March 27, 2003
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a yankie is like a quicky except u do it to yourself
yo man, i just gave my self a yankie in the bathroom
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A combination of 'rank' and 'yuck'. When someone is really gross/says or does something which is weird or creepy.
"WOW that person is so yanky"
"hell yeah, they're so yanky"
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