[ yoh-loh ]


  1. You only live once! (used especially to rationalize impulsive or reckless behavior):

    I bought those expensive shoes I've been eying—YOLO!

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in impulsive or reckless behavior with this sort of rationalization:

    We’ve been YOLOing all night.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of YOLO1

First recorded in 1995–2000; but popularized by the Canadian rapper Drake in his song “The Motto”

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Example Sentences

Alongside YOLO, “same damn time” is one of the most memorable recent additions to the lexicon.

BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson compiles 31 examples of the former President living a YOLO lifestyle.

The Lonely Island (featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar): “YOLO”

Pleasant news from Colonel Delafield, who, with a loss of 600, has destroyed thrice that number of the enemy before Yolo.

The son of a well-known linen-draper in Yolo, he was educated at the military college of Savannah.

This last he judged unwise, so that he was obliged to cling to Yolo itself.





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