- (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
Origin of yahoo
First recorded in 1975–80; of imitative origin
[yah-hoo, yey-, yah-hoo]
- (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of brutes, having the form and all the vices of humans, who are subject to the Houyhnhnms.
- (lowercase) an uncultivated or boorish person; lout; philistine; yokel.
- (lowercase) a coarse or brutish person.
Origin of Yahoo
coined by Swift in Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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Examples from the Web for yahoo
In 2005, when Alibaba was picking up momentum in its battle against eBay, Yahoo bought a 40 percent stake in the company.
As mentioned, Yahoo has a black stain on its collaboration and severe breach of privacy.
(Yahoo now refers to itself as a digital media company rather than a technology company).
Google and Yahoo are already among the largest media companies in the world.
Was it really, as I suspected, ordered on a whim by some yahoo who was deeply affected by a childhood encounter with Grave Digger?Why Does My Kids’ Elementary School Need a Tank?
September 13, 2014
I'd like to meet up with the yahoo that wrote that rank yarn!Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
As for Mr. Yahoo, she recoiled from him with horror at the very first glance.Ten Thousand a-Year (Vol. 2)
My faith in the Yahoo was shaken, and I trembled for my friend.
The mick's a reg'lar Yahoo, can't hardly spell 'is own name.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Sure I knowed the ould Yahoo hadn't the price of a nanny-goat.The Turn of the Road
- a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person
C18: from the name of a race of brutish creatures resembling men in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for yahoo
"a brute in human form," 1726, from the race of brutish human creatures in Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." The internet search engine so called from 1994.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper