yo-yo
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈjəʊ.jəʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈjoʊ.joʊ/
Noun

yo-yo (plural yo-yos)

  1. 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.
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    I bought a yo-yo from the toy store yesterday.
  2. (finance) A volatile market that moves up and down.
  3. (informal) Someone who vacillates.
  4. (informal) A foolish, annoying or incompetent person.
    It is hard to watch the management for very long and not conclude that the place is run by a bunch of yo-yos.
Translations
  • French: yo-yo
  • German: Jo-Jo, Yo-Yo
  • Portuguese: ioiô
  • Russian: йо-йо́
  • Spanish: yo-yo, yoyó
  • Ukrainian: йо-йо́
Verb

yo-yo (yo-yos, present participle yo-yoing; past and past participle yo-yoed)

  1. (intransitive) To vacillate; to move up and down.
    • 1990, The Economist (volume 316, page 93)
      The yo-yoing stockmarket whizzed back up by around a quarter and then started to fall again.



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