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Examples of yahoo in a Sentence
Some yahoo cut me off in traffic.
A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside.
Recent Examples of yahoo from the Web
Maybe this isn't making anyone who is frustrated with an offseason highlighted by Jose Calderon and, yahoo, more Kyle Korver, feel any better.
YAHOOAfter Starboard threatened a proxy fight, Yahoo reached a deal to add four independent directors to its board including Starboard CEO Jeff Smith.
After all, not everyone needs the brute force to hammer away at every yahoo in a Mercedes AMG C63 or BMW M3 with an inferiority complex.
Her closest friends are former Yahoos, including Ms. Heimburger, who married yet another surfer and lives in London.
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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.
First Known Use of yahoo
Synonymsairhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, idiot, yo-yo
Related Wordsbooby, buffoon, fool, goose, loony, lunatic, madman, nut, zany; loser; gawk; featherbrain, scatterbrain; beast, boor, cad, churl, clown, creep, cur, heel, jerk, skunk, snake, stinker, villain; bimbette [slang], bimbo [slang], himbo
Near Antonymsegghead, intellect, intellectual, sage, thinker, whiz, wizard; polymath, Renaissance man; sharpie (or sharpy)
Examples of yahoo in a Sentence
you mean we were accepted for the reality show? yahoo!
Origin and Etymology of yahoo
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
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