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yo–yo

play
noun \ˈyō-(ˌ)yō\

Definition of yo–yo

plural

yo–yos

  1. 1 :  a thick grooved double disk with a string attached to its center axle that is made to fall and rise to the hand by unwinding and rewinding on the string

  2. 2 :  a condition or situation marked by regular fluctuations from one extreme to another

  3. 3 :  a stupid or foolish person

Origin and Etymology of yo–yo

probably from Ilocano yóyo, or a cognate word in a language of the Philippines


2

yo–yo

adjective

Definition of yo–yo

  1. :  shifting back and forth or up and down uncertainly or unexpectedly

First Known Use of yo–yo

1932


3

yo–yo

verb

Definition of yo–yo

yo–yoed

;

yo–yoing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move from one position to another repeatedly :  fluctuate the stock price yo–yoed

First Known Use of yo–yo

1967


YO–YO Defined for English Language Learners

yo-yo

play
noun

Definition of yo–yo for English Language Learners

  • : a round toy that has two flat sides with a string attached to its center, that is held in your hand, and that is made to go up and down by unwinding and rewinding the string with a movement of your wrist

yo-yo

verb

Definition of yo–yo for English Language Learners

  • : to move repeatedly and quickly up and down or from a higher level to a lower level


YO–YO Defined for Kids

yo–yo

play
noun \ˈyō-yō\

Definition of yo–yo for Students

plural

yo–yos

also

yo–yoes

  1. :  a small round toy that has two flattened disks with a string attached to the center and that is made to fall and rise to the hand by unwinding and rewinding on the string

History for yo–yo

Yo-yo comes from a similar sounding word in languages of the Philippines, where it is the name for a toy similar to our yo-yo. Though toys like the yo-yo have a long history in Europe and the Americas—a disk on a string called a whirligig was patented in 1866—the modern yo-yo dates from 1928, when an immigrant from the Philippines named Pedro Flores began to manufacture the toys in California based on the yo-yos he had known in his youth.


Learn More about yo–yo

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of yo–yo


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