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yo

[yoh]
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interjection
  1. (used as an exclamation to get someone's attention, express excitement, greet someone, etc.)
  2. here; present: used especially in answer to a roll call.
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Origin of yo

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

y.o.

  1. year old; years old.
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  • Just then Maria put her head in at the door to say, "May Lilly, yo' mammy's callin' you."

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Then she added, in a lower tone, "'Kuse me fo' throwin' mud on yo' coat."

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Yo' mamma's a-grievin' 'cause yo' papa has to be away all the time.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Yo' all time eatum my grub, yo' no givum me money, no givum hoss, no givum notting.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Fire smoke look up for say, 'What yo' do all time, mebbyso?'

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for yo

yo

sentence substitute
  1. an expression used as a greeting, to attract someone's attention, etc
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Word Origin

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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