yahoo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where it is the name of a race of brutes.[1]

Noun[edit]

yahoo ‎(plural yahoos)

  1. (pejorative) A rough, coarse, loud or uncouth person; yokel; lout.
  2. (cryptozoology) A humanoid cryptid said to exist in parts of eastern Australia, and also reported in the Bahamas.
    • 1835, James Holman, Travels, quoted by Malcolm Smith, Bunyips and Bigfoots (Millenium Books, 1996, ISBN 1-86429-081-1), who notes that the Australian sense almost certainly derives from Gulliver's Travels, despite Holman's report
      The natives are greatly terrrified by the sight of a person in a mask calling him "devil" or Yah-hoo, which signifies evil spirit.
    • 1985, Michael Raynal, Yahoos in the Bahamas, Cryptozoology, volume 4:

Synonyms[edit]

  • (a rough, coarse, or uncouth person): yokel, lout

Interjection[edit]

yahoo

  1. An exclamation of joy.
  2. A battle cry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ yahoo” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.