yo-yo

noun
\ ˈyō-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce yo-yo (audio) \
plural yo-yos

Definition of yo-yo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : a condition or situation marked by regular fluctuations from one extreme to another
3 : a stupid or foolish person

yo-yo

adjective

Definition of yo-yo (Entry 2 of 3)

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

yo-yo

verb
yo-yoed; yo-yoing

Definition of yo-yo (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move from one position to another repeatedly : fluctuate the stock price yo-yoed

Synonyms for yo-yo

Synonyms: Noun

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First Known Use of yo-yo

Noun

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1932, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yo-yo

Noun

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

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“Yo-yo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yo-yo. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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yo-yo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yo-yo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of yo-yo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

yo-yo

noun
\ ˈyō-yō \
plural yo-yos also yo-yoes

Kids Definition of yo-yo

: 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

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