Yooper

noun
Yoop·​er | \ ˈyü-pər How to pronounce Yooper (audio) \

Definition of Yooper

: a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan used as a nickname

Did you know?

The word Yooper comes from the common nickname of Michigan's Upper Peninsula—the "U.P."—and the etymology requires the same follow-up question that a challenging joke does: "Get it?" If you're not there yet, try saying them both out loud: Yooper, U.P. Yoopers have been saying both out loud now for about 40 years, but it's only in recent years that those beyond the U.P. and its geographical neighbors have begun to encounter Yooper in use. Yoopers refer to people who live in the Lower Peninsula as trolls (they live "under" the Mackinac Bridge, after all), but that nickname is still at this point too much of a regionalism to qualify for entry in our dictionaries.

First Known Use of Yooper

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Yooper

yoop- (from the abbreviation UP) + -er entry 2

Learn More About Yooper

Listen to Our Podcast About Yooper

Dictionary Entries Near Yooper

yoo-hoo

Yooper

Yorba Linda

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Yooper

Last Updated

14 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Yooper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yooper. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!