yahoo


1ya·hoo

noun \ˈyā-(ˌ)hü, ˈyä-\

: a person who is very rude, loud, or stupid

plural yahoos

Full Definition of YAHOO

1
capitalized :  a member of a race of brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels who have the form and all the vices of humans
2
[influenced by 2yahoo] :  a boorish, crass, or stupid person
ya·hoo·ism \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of YAHOO

  1. Some yahoo cut me off in traffic.
  2. A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside.

First Known Use of YAHOO

1726

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2ya·hoo

interjection \yä-ˈhü\

—used to express excitement or joy

Full Definition of YAHOO

:  yippee

Examples of YAHOO

  1. <you mean we were accepted for the reality show? yahoo!>

Origin of YAHOO

perhaps alteration of yo-ho, interjection used to attract attention, from yo + ho
First Known Use: 1870

Related to YAHOO

Synonyms
glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, hooray, yippee

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