Main definitions of wahoo in English

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wahoo1

(also wahoo elm)

noun

  • A North American elm which yields useful timber.

    • ‘Here, among the smaller trees, the holly obtains its greatest development, with hornbeams and wahoo elms.’
    • ‘Winged elm, also called corked elm or wahoo elm, can be distinguished from other elms by the woody, wing-like growths along the branchlets.’
    • ‘Purple Finches flock to the wahoo elm trees to feed on the buds, and Crossbills attack the pine cones.’

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps from Creek ahá-hwa walnut.

Pronunciation:

wahoo

/wɑːˈhuː/

Main definitions of wahoo in English

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wahoo2

noun

  • A North American spindle tree.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Dakota, literally arrow wood.

Pronunciation:

wahoo

/wɑːˈhuː/

Main definitions of wahoo in English

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wahoo3

noun

  • A large predatory tropical marine fish of the mackerel family, prized as a game fish.

    • ‘The three recently took turns ‘handballing’ the rod aboard Krepp's boat the Tracey Ann to haul in a 40 kg wahoo.’
    • ‘Skewered chunks of wahoo, a firm, white fish, come in a garlicky scampi butter that turns them irresistible.’
    • ‘By the time you reboard each evening, chef Charlie Wang will have your pan-seared wahoo waiting.’
    • ‘Weeds in blue water attract significant numbers of sailfish and wahoo during the summer months.’
    • ‘Offshore, the marlin chased our baits without committing themselves further, but we caught some super wahoo.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

wahoo

/wɑːˈhuː/

Main definitions of wahoo in English

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wahoo4

exclamation

North american
  • another word for yahoo
    • ‘Do I get excited about Beyonce because, wahoo, it's one more song about relationships?’
    • ‘Consumer confidence and spending are down - wahoo!’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be dreamy to hold on to the water-park wahoo of summer… all year round?’
    • ‘He took a step backward and plunged down an open deck hatch, disappearing from sight with one last ‘wahoo!’’

Origin

1940s: probably a natural exclamation.

Pronunciation:

wahoo

/wɑːˈhuː/