- (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
Examples from the Web for yahoos
Contemporary Examples of yahoos
Many other voters might be inclined to vote Republican, were it not so evidently in the grip of a bunch of yahoos.Fewer(Yahoos and Clowns) = More Wins
November 8, 2012
Are we still going to see these yahoos on TV this fall, though, saying what a great man he is?Paterno, Penn State, and Civic Morality
July 2, 2012
Unlike the yahoos who booed a gay solider and shouted “Let him die!”Paul Begala: Gingrich Dominates Foreign Policy Debate
November 23, 2011
The sort of man that Obama is has become normal to all but the yahoos among us.The Exceedingly Normal Debate
October 8, 2008
Historical Examples of yahoos
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.Iconoclasts
And the Yarmouth yahoos yawned and hastened away in disgust.The Haunts of Old Cockaigne
Swift is in the same class, but Swift enjoyed scarifying his Yahoos.Unicorns
- a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person
Word Origin 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.
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.