wahoo

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

Definition of wahoo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

wahoo

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

wahoo

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

wahoo

interjection
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 for wahoo

Synonyms: Interjection

glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hooray (also hurrah), hot dog, huzzah, whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

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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

Interjection

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

noun
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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