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[yang-kee-iz-uh m] /ˈyæŋ kiˌɪz əm/
Yankee character or characteristics.
a Yankee peculiarity, as of speech.
Origin of Yankeeism
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95; Yankee + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • This spirit of 'Yankeeism' is the prevailing spirit of colonies.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • In fact he was extremely lean—tall as a may-pole, and slender enough to crawl through a greased fleute,—to use a Yankeeism.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • This young woman is the most extraordinary specimen of artless Yankeeism that I ever encountered; she is really too horrible.

    A Bundle of Letters Henry James
  • I know you will say, therein lies the cause of my sudden conversion to Yankeeism.

    The Kentuckian in New-York, Volume I (of 2)

    William Alexander Caruthers
  • In Winslow Homer we have Yankeeism of the first order, turned to a creditable artistic account.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • There goes another Yankeeism, just because it puts the thing better than any words in our own language.

    Stories of the Ships Lewis R. Freeman
  • They used to be rare, (to use a Yankeeism omitted by Bartlett,) but nowadays they are overdone.

British Dictionary definitions for Yankeeism


Yankee character, behaviour, or attitudes
a typical Yankee word, expression, or trait
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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