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[yip-ee, yip-ee] /ˈyɪp i, ˈyɪpˈi/
(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)
Origin of yippee
1910-15, Americanism; expressive word of uncertain origin; compare -ee in whoopee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She leaps with an irrepressible "yippee" from the boat to the shore.

    A Parody Outline of History Donald Ogden Stewart
  • She galloped down a block and as she jumped from a curb across a welter of slush, she gave a student "yippee!"

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for yippee


an exclamation of joy, pleasure, anticipation, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yippee

interjection of pleasure, etc., 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yippee



To talk in an insistent, petulant, and annoying way: Will you please stop yipping about your rights?

[1907+; echoic of the high-pitched bark of a small dog]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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