[yang-kee-iz-uh m]


Yankee character or characteristics.
a Yankee peculiarity, as of speech.

Origin of Yankeeism

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; Yankee + -ism
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Examples from the Web for yankeeism

Historical Examples of yankeeism

  • This spirit of 'Yankeeism' is the prevailing spirit of colonies.

    The Bushman

    Edward Wilson Landor

  • In fact he was extremely lean—tall as a may-pole, and slender enough to crawl through a greased fleute,—to use a yankeeism.

    The Humors of Falconbridge

    Jonathan F. Kelley

  • This young woman is the most extraordinary specimen of artless Yankeeism that I ever encountered; she is really too horrible.

  • I know you will say, therein lies the cause of my sudden conversion to Yankeeism.

  • In Winslow Homer we have yankeeism of the first order, turned to a creditable artistic account.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for yankeeism



Yankee character, behaviour, or attitudes
a typical Yankee word, expression, or trait
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