What does yo-yo mean?

Definitions for yo-yoˈyoʊ yoʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yo-yo(noun)

    a toy consisting of a spool that is reeled up and down on a string by motions of the hand


  1. yo-yo(Noun)

    A toy consisting of a spheroidal or cylindrical spindle having a circular groove in which string is wound; it is used by holding the string in the fingers and reeling the spindle up and down by movements of the wrist.

  2. yo-yo(Noun)

    A volatile market that moves up and down.

  3. yo-yo(Verb)

    To vacillate; to move up and down.


  1. Yo-yo

    The yo-yo in its simplest form is an object consisting of an axle connected to two disks, and a length of twine looped around the axle, similar to a slender spool. It is played by holding the free end of the string allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back to one's hand, exploiting its spin. This is often called "yo-yoing". First made popular in the 1920s, yo-yoing remains a popular pastime of many generations and cultures. It was first invented in ancient Greece. In the simplest play, the string is intended to be wound on the spool by hand; The yo-yo is thrown downwards, hits the end of the string, then winds up the string toward the hand, and finally the yo-yo is grabbed, ready to be thrown again. One of the most basic tricks is called the sleeper, where the yo-yo spins at the end of the string for a noticeable amount of time before returning to the hand. Many yo-yo tricks are done while the yo-yo is said to be sleeping. One of the most famous tricks on the yo-yo is "walk the dog". This is done by throwing a strong sleeper and allowing the yo-yo to roll across the floor, before tugging it back to the hand. English historical names for the yo-yo include bandalore and quiz. French historical terms include bandalore, incroyable, de Coblenz, emigrette, and joujou de Normandie.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yo-yo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yo-yo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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