Definition of yo-ho-ho in English:


(also yo-ho)

Pronunciation /ˌyōˌhōˈhō/ /ˌjoʊˌhoʊˈhoʊ/


  • 1dated Used to attract attention.

    • ‘yo-ho bingo!’
  • 2Nautical
    archaic A seaman's chant used while hauling ropes or performing other strenuous work.

    ‘We had a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum on board somebody else's dreamily expensive yacht in the Caribbean.’
    • ‘With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of pop, organisers of Hull's international sea shanty festival are preparing to transform the city once again into a carnival of all things maritime.’