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This page is about the slang term Yo!

American English

Meaning: a greeting, like "Hey!"

For example:

  • "Yo, Jerome! What's up bro?"

  • I was walking along the street when I heard this kid yell "Yo, Mikey! What's happenin' man?"

"Yo!" is used mostly by African-Americans, or by people who are influenced by African-American culture and style.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

When someone says "Yo!", it means the same as saying

a. "No!"

b. "Hi!"

c. "Stop!"

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Contributor: Matt Errey