Definitions for YAHOOˈyɑ hu, ˈyeɪ-, yɑˈhu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ya•hooˈyɑ hu, ˈyeɪ-, yɑˈhu(n.)(pl.)-hoos.

  1. (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of brutes, having the form and all the vices of humans, who are subject to the Houyhnhnms.

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  2. (l.c.) a boorish person; lout.

Origin of Yahoo:

coined by Swift in Gulliver'sTravels (1726)

ya′hoo•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yokel, rube, hick, yahoo, hayseed, bumpkin, chawbacon(noun)

    a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

  2. Yahoo(noun)

    one of a race of brutes resembling men but subject to the Houyhnhnms in a novel by Jonathan Swift

  3. Yahoo(noun)

    a widely used search engine for the web that finds information, news, images, products, finance

Wiktionary

  1. yahoo(Noun)

    A rough, coarse, or uncouth person; yokel; lout.

  2. yahoo(Noun)

    A loud boisterous person.

  3. yahoo(Noun)

    A derogatory term for a white person from the Confederate South (i.e., United States).

  4. yahoo(Noun)

    A humanoid cryptid said to exist in parts of eastern Australia, and also reported in the Bahamas.

  5. yahoo(Interjection)

    An exclamation of joy.

  6. yahoo(Interjection)

    A battle cry.

  7. Origin: Coined by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels.

Freebase

  1. Yahoo

    A Yahoo is a legendary being in the novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, greatly preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person". American frontiersman Daniel Boone, who often used terms from Gulliver's Travels, claimed that he killed a hairy giant that he called a Yahoo. Yahoos were referred to in a letter sent by serial killer David Berkowitz to New York City police while committing the "Son of Sam" murders in 1976.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Yahoo

    name of a race of brutes, subject to the Houyhuhnms (q. v.), in "Gulliver's Travels," with the form and all the vices of men.


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