Adjective "yankee" definition and examples

(Yankee may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈjaŋki/

Definitions and examples

noun

An American.
  1. '‘Damn Yankee,’ I spat back, a mischievous grin crossing my face.'
  2. 'But if he is coming to dictate what we should do, then we will say ‘Go back home, Yankee.’'
  3. 'Sistani is playing the fence, while Sadr has maintained a simple line from day one, Yankee go home.'
An inhabitant of New England or one of the northern states.
  1. 'What did the Yankee soldiers think of Huntsville?'
  2. 'Matthew McConaughey would be perfect as Dennis, if he didn't have to play a Yankee in a civil war reenactment.'
  3. 'With their swords and muskets raised the Yankee soldier began killing every confederate soldier in sight.'
A bet on four or more horses to win (or be placed) in different races.
  1. 'I had £32 running on to Hateel, the 11/8 favourite and shortest-odds horse in my Yankee, in the Listed Glorious Stakes at 3.45.'
A large jib set forward of a staysail in light winds.
  1. 'Far from being an isolated port, one early nineteenth-century view of Monterey harbor shows a Russian brig, a Yankee schooner, and another ship at anchor.'
A code word representing the letter Y, used in radio communication.

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    1. a native or inhabitant of the United States.

    2. a native or inhabitant of New England.

    3. a native or inhabitant of a northern U.S. state, especially of one of the northeastern states that sided with the Union in the American Civil War.

    4. a federal or northern soldier in the American Civil War.

    5. a word used in communications to represent the letter Y.

    6. Military. the NATO name for a class of Soviet ballistic missile submarine, nuclear powered, with up to 16 missile launchers.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "bonds can be yankee."

    "issues can be yankee."

    "stadiums can be yankee."

    "markets can be yankee."

    "debts can be yankee."

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    Origin

    (Yankee)Mid 18th century: origin uncertain; recorded in the late 17th century as a nickname; perhaps from Dutch Janke, diminutive of Jan ‘John’.