Definition of yo-hope in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjəʊˈhəʊp/


historical, rare Nautical
  • A task regulated by a chant or song of the type used by sailors when hauling ropes or performing other strenuous, rhythmically repetitive tasks; the chant so used.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Johnson (?1679–1748), playwright and poet. Probably from yo + either ho or ho, with apparently arbitrary extension.