- a spoollike toy consisting of two thick wooden, plastic, or metal disks connected by a dowel pin in the center to which a string is attached, one end being looped around the player's finger so that the toy can be spun out and reeled in by wrist motion.
- something that fluctuates or moves up and down, especially suddenly or repeatedly.
- Slang. a stupid, foolish, or incompetent person.
- Informal. moving up and down or back and forth; fluctuating; vacillating: yo-yo prices; a yo-yo foreign policy.
- Informal. to move up and down or back and forth; fluctuate or vacillate: Mortgage rates are still yo-yoing.
- Informal. to cause to yo-yo.
Origin of yo-yo
Related Words for yo-yoimpulsive, unpredictable, volatile, effervescent, changeable, resilient, erratic, fickle, fluctuating, whimsical, wayward, quirky, unreasonable, helter-skelter, unstable, careless, arbitrary, flighty, temperamental, capricious
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Contemporary Examples of yo-yo
There were these Japanese yo-yo experts who used to do exhibitions at the Woolworth.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
Oh, for the good old days when Roy Acuff taught Richard Nixon how to use a yo-yo on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.Vince Gill Confronts Fringe Groups and Gives Country Some Cred
September 11, 2013
“The yo-yo effect of them coming home and leaving again is detrimental to families,” she says.Robert Bales’s Alleged Crimes Show a Soldier Pushed to the Brink
March 18, 2012
Yo-Yo had never heard of Ji Cang or any of the ancestors whose lives are chronicled in the genealogy.
What Yo-Yo Ma didn't know until recently was that the story of his name is actually much more complex, dating back 255 years.
Historical Examples of yo-yo
The ships that raided them were the Enterprise and the Yo-Yo.
Then the Yo-Yo blew up, very quietly, as things do where there is no air to carry shock-and sound-waves, but very brilliantly.
That's pretty hard to keep track of, because I was like a yo-yo, back and forth from one parent to the other.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- a toy consisting of a spool attached to a string, the end of which is held while it is repeatedly spun out and reeled in
- US and Canadian slang a stupid person, esp one who is easily manipulated
- informal to change repeatedly from one position to another; fluctuate
- informal changing repeatedly; fluctuating
Word Origin for yo-yo
1915, apparently from a language of the Philippines. Registered as a trademark in Vancouver, Canada, in 1932, the year the first craze for them began (subsequent fads 1950s, 1970s, 1998). The toy itself is much older and was earlier known as bandalore (1824). Figurative sense of any "up-and-down movement" is first recorded 1932. Meaning "stupid person" is recorded from 1970. The verb in the figurative sense is attested from 1967.