Yahoo definition

yäho͝o, yā-
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(slang) Used to express joy, delight, triumph, etc. with great excitement.
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In Swift's Gulliver's Travels, any of a race of brutish, degraded creatures subject to the Houyhnhnms and having the form and all the vices of man.
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A person who is variously thought of as being coarse, uneducated, unrefined, anti-intellectual, crudely materialistic, etc.
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Used to express exuberance or delight.
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An unrefined and often loud or disruptive person.
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(cryptozoology) A humanoid cryptid said to exist in parts of eastern Australia, and also reported in the Bahamas.

1835: The natives are greatly terrrified by the sight of a person in a mask calling him "devil" or Yah-hoo, which signifies evil spirit. "” James Holman, Travels, 1835 (quoted by Malcolm Smith, above)

1985: Yahoos in the Bahamas "” title of paper by Michael Raynal, Cryptozoology, volume 4, 1985

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A derogatory term for a white person from the Confederate South (i.e., United States).
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An exclamation of joy.
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Yahoo! is a website that offers a search engine and other features, or a yahoo is a person who is coarse or unrefined in style.

An example of Yahoo! is the website that includes a search engine, instant messaging, chat groups and e-mail.

An example of yahoo is the race of fictional brutish creatures in Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

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Yahoo is defined as a exclamation of joy or excitement.

An example of Yahoo used as an injection is in the sentence, "Yahoo! I just won first place!" which means "Woohoo! I just won first place!"

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A Web directory developed in the early 1990s by Stanford graduate students David Filo and Jerry Yang. Yahoo! has expanded into a full-featured Web portal, including a search engine, chat groups, instant messaging (IM), and e-mail. The word Yahoo was coined by Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver's Travels (1726), referring to a race of foul, uncultivated, loutish, brutish creatures in the form of men. The term has since evolved to refer to a coarse, unrefined, unruly, crudely materialistic person. Filo and Yang reportedly selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos. See also endianess.
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A rough, coarse, or uncouth person; yokel; lout.
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(literature) One of a race of brutes, who look and act similar to men, that inhabit the same land as the civilized Houyhnhnms.
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(informal) An employee of the Internet company Yahoo!.
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A loud boisterous person.
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A battle cry.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
yahoo
Plural:
yahoos

Origin of yahoo

  • From Yahoo , member of a race of brutes in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The Australian sense almost certainly derives from Gulliver's Travels, despite Holman's report (quote below), since the sound "H" does not occur in aboriginal languages, only in words learnt or adopted from Europeans. (Reference: Bunyips and Bigfoots, Malcolm Smith, Millenium Books, 1996, ISBN 1-86429-081-1.)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift: the name of a race of brutes.

    From Wiktionary

  • Coined by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels.

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  • Yahoo!

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