Examples from the Web for yankee doodle
The soldiers at the training-camp caught sight of them now and then, and named them the "Yankee-Doodle Twins."Bird Stories|Edith M. Patch
You should hear these musical instruments throw off "Yankee-doodle."
Delmè was not naturally a rude man, but as he turned away, he hummed something very like Yankee-doodle.A Love Story|A Bushman
British Dictionary definitions for yankee doodle
Culture definitions for yankee doodle
A popular American song, dating from the eighteenth century. The early settlers of New York were Dutch, and the Dutch name for Johnny is Janke, pronounced “Yankee.” This is the most likely origin of the term Yankee. Doodle meant “simpleton” in seventeenth-century English. First sung during the American Revolutionary War by the British troops to poke fun at the strange ways of the Americans (Yankees), the song was soon adopted by American troops themselves. Since then, the song has been considered an expression of American patriotism. The popular version of the first stanza is:
Yankee Doodle came to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy;
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.