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  1. (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
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Origin of yahoo

First recorded in 1975–80; of imitative origin


[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.
  3. (lowercase) a coarse or brutish person.
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Origin of Yahoo

coined by Swift in Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Related formsya·hoo·ism, noun
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Related Words for yahoo

roughneck, boor, lout, brute, barbarian, beast

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noun plural -hoos
  1. a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person
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Derived Formsyahooism, noun

Word Origin for yahoo

C18: from the name of a race of brutish creatures resembling men in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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Word Origin and History for yahoo


"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.

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