synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of yahoo in English

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Etymology 1

From Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where Yahoo is the name of a race of brutes.


  • IPA(key): /ˈjɑːhuː/


yahoo (plural yahoos)

  1. (derogatory) 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 (Millennium Books, 1996, →ISBN, 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:
  • (a rough, coarse, or uncouth person): yokel, lout

Etymology 2



  • IPA(key): /jəˈhuː/



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


yahoo (third-person singular simple present yahoos, present participle yahooing, simple past and past participle yahooed)

  1. To give a cry of "yahoo".
  2. (Internet, informal) To search using the Yahoo! search engine.
    • 2008, Frederick Thomas, Buddha's Bones, Buddha's Bones (→ISBN), page 46:
      I searched, Yahooed, Googled and everything else I could.
    • 2017, Rajendra Pillai, Unearthed: Discover Life as God's Masterpiece, New Hope Publishers (→ISBN)
      In other words, none of our googling and yahooing is private (you knew that, right ?).
    • 2007, Tell
      Ah! You mean you have been 'yahooing'? I'm dead!



  • ooyah

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