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yahoo

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noun ya·hoo \ˈyā-(ˌ)hü, ˈyä-\

Simple Definition of yahoo

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yahoo

plural

yahoos

  1. 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. 2 [influenced by 2yahoo] :  a boorish, crass, or stupid person

yahooism

play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of yahoo in a sentence

  1. Some yahoo cut me off in traffic.

  2. A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside.



Did You Know?

We know exactly how old yahoo is because its debut in print also marked its entrance into the English language as a whole. Yahoo began life as a made-up word invented by Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver's Travels, which was published in 1726. The Yahoos were a race of brutes, with the form and vices of humans, encountered by Gulliver in his fourth and final voyage. They represented Swift's view of mankind at its lowest. It is not surprising, then, that yahoo came to be applied to any actual human who was particularly unpleasant or unintelligent. Yahoos were controlled by the intelligent and virtuous Houyhnhnms, a word which apparently did not catch people's fancy as yahoo did.

1726

First Known Use of yahoo

1726


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yahoo

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interjection ya·hoo \yä-ˈhü\

Simple Definition of yahoo

  • —used to express excitement or joy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yahoo

  1. :  yippee

Examples of yahoo in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of yahoo

perhaps alteration of yo-ho, interjection used to attract attention, from yo + ho


First Known Use: 1870


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