[ yoh-yoh ]
/ ˈyoʊ yoʊ /
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noun, plural yo-yos.
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.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to move up and down or back and forth; fluctuate or vacillate: Mortgage rates are still yo-yoing.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to cause to yo-yo.
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Origin of yo-yo
First recorded in 1915–20; of undetermined origin; possibly from Ilocano yóyo or a related language as the name of a Philippine toy
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British Dictionary definitions for yo-yo
/ (ˈjəʊjəʊ) /
noun plural -yos
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
verb yo-yos, yo-yoing or yo-yoed (intr)
informal to change repeatedly from one position to another; fluctuate
informal changing repeatedly; fluctuating
Word Origin for yo-yo
from Filipino yo yo, come come, a weapon consisting of a spindle attached to a thong
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