• IPA: /ˈjɑːhuː/

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 (Millennium 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:
  • (a rough, coarse, or uncouth person) yokel, lout
  • IPA: /jəˈhuː/
  1. An exclamation of joy or enjoyment.
  2. A battle cry.

yahoo (yahoos, present participle yahooing; 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 9780981455419), page 46:
      I searched, Yahooed, Googled and everything else I could. A server came by and ... Feeling stupid for not bothering to ask mom for the first name, I checked their website profiles and discovered that Emile was the father of Zaire. So, the Doctor  ...
    • 2017, Rajendra Pillai, Unearthed: Discover Life as God's Masterpiece, New Hope Publishers (ISBN 9781596699755)
      In other words, none of our googling and yahooing is private (you knew that, right ?). This guy has been ... In other words, in the privacy of online searches, people were much more open to sharing their deepest fears. According to Tancer's ...
    • 2007, Tell
      Ah! You mean you have been 'yahooing'? I'm dead! 4 Ribadu must not hear ... From America Online, Asia Online and Africa Online, man is exposed to different socio-cultural attributes and technological advances. At the press of a mere button, ...
    • 1999, Thomas Riggs, Major Marketing Campaigns Annual, 1999, Gale Cengage (ISBN 9780787638153)
      "It reinforces the idea that when I go to Yahoo!, I'll be so pleased I'll be Yahooing afterwards." The name also ... More people accessed Yahoo! at work than any other website, and it ranked second only to America Online in traffic from home.


yahoo (plural yahoos)

  1. (literature) One of a race of brutes, who look and act similar to men, inhabiting the same land as the civilized Houyhnhnms.

yahoo (plural yahoos)

  1. (informal) An employee of the Internet company Yahoo!.
    • 1996, Newsweek (volume 127)
      But having two beaming Chief Yahoos on the cover is an implied seal of approval.

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