noun (1)
wa·​hoo | \ ˈwä-ˌhü How to pronounce wahoo (audio) , ˈwȯ- \
plural wahoos

Definition of wahoo

 (Entry 1 of 4)


noun (2)
plural wahoos

Definition of wahoo (Entry 2 of 4)

: a shrubby spindle tree (Euonymus atropurpureus) of chiefly eastern North America that has purple capsules which in dehiscence expose scarlet-ariled seeds

called also burning bush


noun (3)
plural wahoos

Definition of wahoo (Entry 3 of 4)

: a large vigorous mackerel (Acanthocybium solandri) that is common in warm seas and esteemed as a food and sport fish
wa·​hoo | \ ˈwä-ˈhü How to pronounce wahoo (audio) \

Definition of wahoo (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Western US
used to express exuberance or enthusiasm or to attract attention

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Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of wahoo in a Sentence

Interjection the rodeo rider shrieked, “Wahoo!” as he collected his prize money

First Known Use of wahoo

Noun (1)

1770, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1857, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wahoo

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Dakota wãhu, from wã- arrow + hu wood

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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The first known use of wahoo was in 1770

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“Wahoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wahoo. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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wa·​hoo | \ ˈwä-ˌhü How to pronounce wahoo (audio) \
plural wahoos

Medical Definition of wahoo

: a shrubby North American tree of the genus Euonymus (E. atropurpureus) having a root bark with cathartic properties — compare euonymus sense 2

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