[yip-ee, yip-ee]


(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)

Origin of yippee

1910–15, Americanism; expressive word of uncertain origin; compare -ee in whoopee
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Related Words for yippee

cheer, yell, encouragement, whoopee, yay, hurray, huzza, rah-rah

Examples from the Web for yippee

Contemporary Examples of yippee

  • Jim Dwyer, for many years one of New York City's finest journalists, isn't ready just yet to hop on the Yippee, We Got Him!

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    Patz Confession: Hold Your Horses

    Michael Tomasky

    May 25, 2012

Historical Examples of yippee

  • She leaps with an irrepressible "Yippee" from the boat to the shore.

    A Parody Outline of History

    Donald Ogden Stewart

  • She galloped down a block and as she jumped from a curb across a welter of slush, she gave a student "Yippee!"

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for yippee



an exclamation of joy, pleasure, anticipation, etc
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Word Origin and History for yippee

interjection of pleasure, etc., 1920.

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