yo-yo Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “yo-yo” in the English Dictionary

"yo-yo" in British English

See all translations

yo-yonoun [C]

uk   /ˈjəʊ.jəʊ/  us   /ˈjoʊ.joʊ/ (plural yo-yos) trademark
a ​toy consisting of a ​circularobject that can be made to go up and down a ​longpiece of ​string to which it is ​tied


uk   /ˈjəʊ.jəʊ/  us   /ˈjoʊ.joʊ/
used to refer to something that ​moves up and down ​quickly, or something that ​changesrepeatedly between one ​level and another: yo-yo dieting
(Definition of yo-yo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"yo-yo" in American English

See all translations

yo-yonoun [C]

 us   /ˈjoʊ·joʊ/ (plural yo-yos)
a ​toy consisting of a ​circularobject that can be made to ​roll down and up a ​string that is ​tied to ​yourhand if you ​spin the ​object and move ​yourhandquickly at the same ​time

yo-yoadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈjoʊ·joʊ/ fig.
characterized by ​large and ​suddenchanges from one ​condition to another: Research on yo-yo dieting ​indicates that going on and off ​dietsrepeatedly will make ​weightcontroldifficult in the ​longrun.
(Definition of yo-yo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “yo-yo”
in Chinese (Simplified) 游游拉线盘,悠悠球(一种玩具)…
in Turkish yo-yo, oyuncak…
in Russian йо-йо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 游遊拉線盤,溜溜球(一種玩具)…
in Polish jojo…
What is the pronunciation of yo-yo?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to give someone knowledge or to train someone; to instruct

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More