[ yoh ]
/ yoʊ /


(used as an exclamation to get someone's attention, express excitement, greet someone, etc.)
here; present: used especially in answer to a roll call.

Origin of yo

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

Definition for yo (2 of 2)


year old; years old.
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British Dictionary definitions for yo


/ (jəʊ) /

sentence substitute

an expression used as a greeting, to attract someone's attention, etc

Word Origin for yo

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yo


as a greeting, 1859, but the word is attested as a sailor's or huntsman's utterance since early 15c. Modern popularity dates from World War II (when, it is said, it was a common response at roll calls) and seems to have been most intense in Philadelphia.

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