(used as an exclamation to get someone's attention, in calling to another person, or the like.)

verb (used without object)

to get or attempt to get someone's attention by or as if by calling “yoo-hoo”: yoo-hooing across the back fence.

Origin of yoo-hoo

probably earlier than 1920–25, Americanism; of expressive orig.
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Contemporary Examples of yoo-hoo

  • She looked young, 18, maybe, and was drinking from a can of Yoo-hoo.

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Historical Examples of yoo-hoo

  • "Yoo-hoo—Custy's won the day—Beeny's scairtit," going up on the last syllable.

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    Charles Reade

British Dictionary definitions for yoo-hoo



a call to attract a person's attention
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Word Origin and History for yoo-hoo

exclamation to call attention, 1924.

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