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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːhuː
 
, jəˈhuː
 
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noun

informal
A rude, noisy, or violent person.
Example sentences
  • The young people, they have no religion, and the yahoos are coming home to roost.
  • When will the Left learn that this is not simply a nation of dimwitted yahoos?
  • Doesn't this simply reflect that the soccer hooligans and other yahoos have turned it into a symbol of bigotry?
Synonyms
barbarian, philistine, vulgarian, savage, brute, beast, boor, oaf, ruffian, thug, lout, hoodlum, hooligan, vandal, rowdy, bully boy, brawler
informal clod, clodhopper, tough, toughie, roughneck, bruiser, hard man
British informal yobbo, yob, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, oik, ape, gorilla, bear, lump
Scottish informal radge
North American informal lummox
Australian/New Zealand informal hoon

Origin

mid 18th century: from the name of an imaginary race of brutish creatures in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726).

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  • The fourth part of Jonathan Swift's satire Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726, describes the country of the Houyhnhnms, who were intelligent horses. Their simplicity and virtue contrasts with the disgusting brutality of the Yahoos, beasts in the shape of men. Soon yahoo was being used for a coarse person or lout. In Australia the Yahoo is a large, hairy man-like monster supposedly inhabiting the east of the country. The name is recorded from the mid 19th century, and may have originated in an Aboriginal word, though Swift's Yahoos influenced the form in English. In the internet site and search engine Yahoo!, Yahoo stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle, but was chosen partly because the associations of yahoo appealed to them.

Words that rhyme with yahoo

Oahu

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Pronunciation: /jɑːˈhuː
 
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exclamation

Expressing great joy or excitement: yahoo—my plan worked!
More example sentences
  • I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, yahoo!
  • After months of eating raw fish, facing thirst, sharks, and other terrors, Pi finds himself on an island - yahoo!

Origin

natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the 1970s.

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  • The fourth part of Jonathan Swift's satire Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726, describes the country of the Houyhnhnms, who were intelligent horses. Their simplicity and virtue contrasts with the disgusting brutality of the Yahoos, beasts in the shape of men. Soon yahoo was being used for a coarse person or lout. In Australia the Yahoo is a large, hairy man-like monster supposedly inhabiting the east of the country. The name is recorded from the mid 19th century, and may have originated in an Aboriginal word, though Swift's Yahoos influenced the form in English. In the internet site and search engine Yahoo!, Yahoo stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle, but was chosen partly because the associations of yahoo appealed to them.

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