Definitions for YOyoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (used as an exclamation to get someone's attention, express excitement, etc.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of yo:


Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yo(interjection)ʊ

    used as a greeting

    Yo, how's it going?


  1. yo(Pronoun)

    shortened form of your.

    Yo sandwich only has bacon in it. Want some ketchup on that?

  2. yo(Pronoun)

    third-person singular, familiar

    Yo was tuckin' in his shirt! (Stotko and Troyer 2007)

  3. yo(Contraction)

    contraction of you and are

    Yo a fool.

  4. yo(Interjection)

    Present! Here!

    Sergeant: Smith? Private Smith: Yo!


  1. Yo

    Yo is an English slang interjection, commonly associated with American English. It was highly popularized after being used commonly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since the 1940s. Although often used as a greeting, yo may come at the end of a sentence, often to direct focus onto a particular individual or group or to gain the attention of another individual or group. It may specify that a certain statement that was previously uttered is more important, or may just be an "attention grabber".

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YO' in Written Corpus Frequency: #802

Translations for YO

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the period from sunset to sunrise

We sleep at night; They talked all night (long); He travelled by night and rested during the day; The days were warm and the nights were cool; (also adjective) He is doing night work.

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