One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A call used to attract attention to one's arrival or presence.‘Yoo-hoo!—Is anyone there?’
Say ‘yoo-hoo’ to attract attention.‘Roz comes in, waving and yoo-hooing’
- ‘The excited girls, rain dripping from their hats, waved and yoo-hooed wildly from the back of the cab.’
- ‘Neighbor lady knocked on the back door and yoo-hooed.’
- ‘I knocked once and then yoo-hooed for Mama as I led Jeremy through the open front screen and down the hall to the kitchen, where Mama was making herself a salad for dinner.’
- ‘Dame Nellie Melba met them at the wharf, yoo-hooing at the top of her substantial voice and bustling the new arrivals off the ship, ignoring the officials who tried to forbid her.’
- ‘I remember they left the door open and I yoo-hooed but no one answered.’
- ‘Treadwell yoo-hoos wildly.’
- ‘So, in a nut shell, I had hardened myself to these cat-calling, whistling, yoo-hooing yo-yos.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the 1920s.
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