Main definitions of wahoo in English

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wahoo1

(also wahoo elm)

Pronunciation /ˈwäˌho͞o/ /ˌwäˈho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/

noun

Origin

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

Main definitions of wahoo in English

: wahoo1wahoo2wahoo3wahoo4

wahoo2

Pronunciation /ˈwäho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/

noun

  • A North American burning bush.

    Euonymus atropurpurea, family Celastraceae

Origin

Mid 19th century from Dakota, literally ‘arrow wood’.

Main definitions of wahoo in English

: wahoo1wahoo2wahoo3wahoo4

wahoo3

Pronunciation /ˈwäho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/

noun

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

    Acanthocybium solanderi, family Scombridae

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

Origin

Early 20th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

wahoo

/ˈwäho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/

Main definitions of wahoo in English

: wahoo1wahoo2wahoo3wahoo4

wahoo4

Pronunciation /ˈwäho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/

exclamation

North American
another term for yahoo
‘Do I get excited about Beyonce because, wahoo, it's one more song about relationships?’
another term for yahoo
  • ‘Wouldn't it be dreamy to hold on to the water-park wahoo of summer… all year round?’
  • ‘Consumer confidence and spending are down - wahoo!’
  • ‘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

/ˈwäho͞o/ /ˈwɑhu/