( • trademark in the UK)
noun (plural yo-yos)
- 1A toy consisting of a pair of joined discs with a deep groove between them in which string is attached and wound, which can be spun alternately downward and upward by its weight and momentum as the string unwinds and rewinds: with a flick of the wrist, she sent the yo-yo spiraling down and watched it spin thereMore example sentences
- It is something like the toy we call a yo-yo: you play with it and make it spin, but there is always a string attached.
- Because the kids will be housed in DannyMart day care, there will be no need for yo-yos, squirt guns and other toys to clutter the shelves.
- Like the yo-yo, the hula hoop, and the Mohican haircut, vehicle fads come and go.
- 1.1 [often as modifier] A thing that repeatedly fluctuates: the yo-yo syndrome of repeatedly losing weight and gaining it againMore example sentences
- A seasoned Weight Watchers member, Fiona already enjoyed a reasonably good diet but was still plagued by the all too familiar yo-yo syndrome.
- Fad diets only add to the confusion and contribute to the yo-yo syndrome so many of us experience.
- Now seriously committed to stopping the yo-yo syndrome, Jacqui is making amazing progress.
verb (yo-yoes, yo-yoing, yo-yoed)[no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Back to top
- 1Move up and down; fluctuate: popularity polls yo-yo up and down with the flow of eventsMore example sentences
- While stockmarkets yo-yo around the world, the gravy train is picking up speed in one sector of the economy.
- Hearts were relegated in 1977 and spent six years yo-yoing between the Premier League and the First Division before resurfacing as a competitive force in the mid-1980s.
- Establish yourselves as a new unit rather than becoming the property of two families and yo-yoing between them.
- 1.1 [with object] Manipulate or manoeuvre (someone or something): I don’t want the job if it means he gets to yo-yo me aroundMore example sentences
- I don't want to be the girl that's yo-yoed on a string, made to believe she's something she's not.
early 20th century: probably ultimately from a language of the Philippines.