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Etymology 1[edit]

Coined by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels. According to the Century Dictionary, "[a] made name, prob[ably] meant to suggest disgust".


Yahoo (plural Yahoos)

  1. (literature) One of a race of brutes, who look and act similar to men, inhabiting the same land as the civilized Houyhnhnms.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the company name.


Yahoo (plural Yahoos)

  1. (informal) An employee of the Internet company Yahoo!.
    • 1996, Newsweek (volume 127)
      But having two beaming Chief Yahoos on the cover is an implied seal of approval.
    • 2002, Karen Angel, Inside Yahoo!: reinvention and the road ahead:
      Instead of driving down the street to meetings, soon Yahoos need merely stroll the walkways that crisscrossed a bright green lawn.
    • 2004, Chris Turner, Planet Simpson: how a cartoon masterpiece defined a generation:
      Some Yahoos got filthy rich, but many more lost it all.