[ yah-hoo ]
/ ˈyɑˈhu /


(an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)

Origin of yahoo

First recorded in 1975–80; of imitative origin

Definition for yahoo (2 of 2)

[ yah-hoo, yey-, yah-hoo ]
/ ˈyɑ hu, ˈyeɪ-, yɑˈhu /

noun, plural Ya·hoos.

(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)


ya·hoo·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for yahoo

/ (jəˈhuː) /

noun plural -hoos

a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person

Derived forms of yahoo

yahooism, 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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