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[yah-hoo] /ˈyɑˈhu/
(an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
Origin of yahoo
1975-80; of imitative origin


[yah-hoo, yey-, yah-hoo] /ˈyɑ hu, ˈyeɪ-, yɑˈhu/
noun, plural Yahoos.
(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.
coined by Swift in Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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yahooism, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -hoos
a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person
Derived Forms
yahooism, noun
Word Origin
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
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"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
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An oaf; an uncultivated or boorish person; jerk: look, you yahoo, take a seat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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yahoo in Technology
World-Wide Web
Yet Another Hierarchical Officious/Obstreperous/Odiferous/Organized Oracle.
(Or a member of a race of brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels who have the form and all the vices of man, or an uncouth or rowdy person).
Probably the biggest hierarchical index of the World-Wide Web. Originally at Stanford University, Yahoo moved to its own site in April 1995. It allows you to move up and down the heirarchy, to search it and to suggest additions. It also features "What's New", "What's Popular", "What's Cool" and a random link.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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