[ yah-hoo ]
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  1. (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)

Origin of yahoo

First recorded in 1975–80; of imitative origin

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[ yah-hoo, yey-, yah-hoo ]

noun,plural Ya·hoos.
  1. (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.

  2. (lowercase) an uncultivated or boorish person; lout; philistine; yokel.

  1. (lowercase) a coarse or brutish person.

Origin of Yahoo

Coined by Swift in Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Other words from Yahoo

  • ya·hoo·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for yahoo


/ (jəˈhuː) /

nounplural -hoos
  1. a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person

Origin of yahoo

C18: from the name of a race of brutish creatures resembling men in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Derived forms of yahoo

  • yahooism, noun

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