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yahoo

noun ya·hoo \ ˈyā-(ˌ)hü , ˈyä- \
Updated on: 3 May 2018

Definition of yahoo

plural yahoos
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
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[influenced by 2yahoo]
: a boorish, crass, or stupid person

yahooism

play \ˈyā-(ˌ)hü-ˌi-zəm, ˈyä-\ noun

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Examples of yahoo in a Sentence

  1. Some yahoo cut me off in traffic.

  2. A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside.

Recent Examples of yahoo from the Web

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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

1726

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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yahoo

interjection ya·hoo \ yä-ˈhü \

Definition of yahoo

: yippee

Examples of yahoo in a Sentence

  1. you mean we were accepted for the reality show? yahoo!

Origin and Etymology of yahoo

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

yahoo Synonyms

Synonyms

glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hooray (also hurrah), hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yippee;

Near Antonyms

alack, alas, aw, boo;

Related Words

wow, zowie;

ooh;

gee, gee whiz, gosh;


YAHOO Defined for English Language Learners

yahoo

Definition of yahoo for English Language Learners

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


yahoo

Definition of yahoo for English Language Learners

  • —used to express excitement or joy



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