yahoo

noun
ya·​hoo | \ ˈyā-(ˌ)hü How to pronounce yahoo (audio) , ˈyä- How to pronounce yahoo (audio) \
plural yahoos

Definition of yahoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 yahoo entry 2] : a boorish, crass, or stupid person
ya·​hoo | \ yä-ˈhü How to pronounce yahoo (audio) \

Definition of yahoo (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from yahoo

Noun

yahooism \ ˈyā-​(ˌ)hü-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce yahooism (audio) , ˈyä-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for yahoo

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Interjection

Antonyms: Noun

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Noun

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.

Examples of yahoo in a Sentence

Noun Some yahoo cut me off in traffic. A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside. Interjection you mean we were accepted for the reality show? yahoo!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Who knows why these yahoos did a minstrel show in 1960? Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Museums of Vermont," 5 Oct. 2019 There’s a sentiment among some politically bent if racially biased yahoos that this spate is symptomatic of an uncaring, anti-cop administration that recently nixed a budget request to hire five more police officers. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Easy to say, but don’t give up, St. Paul, to recent spate of killings," 12 Sep. 2019 The weekend gets going on Friday with music from Gator Nate, the lovable backwoods yahoo and role model for many a UF pledge. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: Honest Liars, Canes and Gators, silent hip-hop in Oakland Park," 22 Aug. 2019 This is what failure looks like, unemployable yahoos who join a mob and demand people with jobs just give up. Fox News, "The unhinged left," 8 Aug. 2018 The stereotype debunked by Ms. Currid-Halkett has self-fulfilling prophesy potential, as fewer smart, hip people want to identify with the yahoo side of America’s divide. WSJ, "‘Divided America’ Myth Strokes Elite Egos," 1 Jan. 2019 The famously warring Hatfields of West Virginia and McCoys of Kentucky are usually portrayed in popular culture as yahoos with rifles, though their rivalry was actually rooted in Civil War allegiances. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "15 shows to see now," 2 Mar. 2018 The famously warring Hatfields of West Virginia and McCoys of Kentucky are usually portrayed in popular culture as yahoos with rifles, though their rivalry was actually rooted in Civil War allegiances. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "15 shows to see now," 2 Mar. 2018 The famously warring Hatfields of West Virginia and McCoys of Kentucky are usually portrayed in popular culture as yahoos with rifles, though their rivalry was actually rooted in Civil War allegiances. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "15 shows to see now," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of yahoo

Noun

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yahoo

Interjection

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

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The first known use of yahoo was in 1726

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29 Nov 2019

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“Yahoo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yahoo. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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yahoo

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English Language Learners Definition of yahoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : a person who is very rude, loud, or stupid
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English Language Learners Definition of yahoo (Entry 2 of 2)

used to express excitement or joy

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