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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)
Related forms
yahooism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They must shore be deeficient in taste, them Laredo yahoos!'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • How willing and eager the pigmies and yahoos would have been to stone him.

  • Here the conditions are reversed; there is no romance; the dupes are women, and also the yahoos.


    James Huneker
  • And the Yarmouth yahoos yawned and hastened away in disgust.

  • Swift is in the same class, but Swift enjoyed scarifying his yahoos.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • And in all cases, he shall preside at and conduct the Grand Council of yahoos.

    Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester
British Dictionary definitions for yahoos


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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Word Origin and History for yahoos



"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 in Culture
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for yahoos



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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