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[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.
Origin of Yahoo
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
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yahooism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from the name of a race of brutish creatures resembling men in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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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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Yahoos [(yah-hoohz)]

The crude, dirty “brutes” of the land of the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. The Yahoos are irrational people and represent the worst side of humanity. By contrast, the wise and gentle Houyhnhnms, their masters, are rational horses and represent humanity at its best.

Note: A “yahoo” is an uncouth or uncivilized person.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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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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