yahoos


yahoos

noun, plural Ya·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.
  2. (lowercase) an uncultivated or boorish person; lout; philistine; yokel.
  3. (lowercase) a coarse or brutish person.

noun plural -hoos

  1. a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person

n.“a brute in human form,” 1726, from the race of brutish human creatures in Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” The internet search engine so called from 1994. The crude, dirty “brutes” of the land of the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift. The Yahoos are irrational people and represent the worst side of humanity. By contrast, the wise and gentle Houyhnhnms, their masters, are rational horses and represent humanity at its best.

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