yahoo

noun
ya·hoo | \ ˈyā-(ˌ)hü , ˈyä- \
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 2yahoo ] : a boorish, crass, or stupid person

yahoo

interjection
ya·hoo | \ yä-ˈhü \

Definition of yahoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: yippee

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Other words from yahoo

Noun

yahooism \ˈyā-(ˌ)hü-ˌi-zəm, ˈyä- \ 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

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 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 Something for authoritarian yahoos, and something for granola-crunching hippie cyclists. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is His Beautiful House. But How Did He Get Here?," 15 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 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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More Definitions for yahoo

yahoo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yahoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is very rude, loud, or stupid

yahoo

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of yahoo (Entry 2 of 2)

—used to express excitement or joy

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