Yankee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Yankee used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier)
    • n Yankee an American (especially to non-Americans)
    • n Yankee an American who lives in New England
    • n Yankee an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1946, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to travel by plane
    • n Yankee A nickname for a native or citizen of New England, especially one descended from old New England stock; by extension, an inhabitant of the Northern States as distinguished from a Southerner; also, applied sometimes by foreigners to any inhabitant of the United States. "From meanness first this Portsmouth Yankey rose,
      And still to meanness all his conduct flows."
    • a Yankee Of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees. "The alertness of the Yankee aspect."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series a league leading 38 times and won 26 titles
    • n Yankee A name for various special tools in various industries, usually given because of their American origin or because they have proved handy and ingenious; specifically, a molders' lifting-tool with the shank curved to admit it to places difficult of access.
    • Yankee Spanking; excellent. Also used adverbially.
    • n Yankee A citizen of New England.
    • n Yankee By extension, a native of the United States.
    • n Yankee A soldier of the Federal armies: so called by the Confederates during the war of secession. See Yank.
    • n Yankee A glass of whisky sweetened with molasses.
    • Yankee Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Yankees: as, Yankee smartness or invention; Yankee notions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Including the 2000 World Series, there have been only three meetings between teams from the same city: 1906 (Cubs vs. White Sox), 1944 (Cardinals vs. Browns) and 2000 (Mets vs. Yankees).
    • n Yankee yang′kē a citizen of the New England States in America: an inhabitant of the United States—also Yank (coll.)
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Quotations

  • Ulysses S. Grant
    Ulysses S. Grant
    “I know only two tunes. One them is Yankee Doodle and the other isn't.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Commonly considered to be a corrupt pronunciation of the word English, or of the French word Anglais, by the native Indians of America. According to Thierry, a corruption of Jankin, a diminutive of John, and a nickname given to the English colonists of Connecticut by the Dutch settlers of New York. Dr. W. Gordon (“Hist. of the Amer. War,” ed, 1789, vol. i., pp. 324, 325) says it was a favorite cant word in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1713, and that it meant excellent,; as, a yankee, good horse, yankee, good cider, etc. Cf. Scot yankie, a sharp, clever, and rather bold woman, and Prov. E. bow-yankees, a kind of leggins worn by agricultural laborers
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a corr. of English, or of Fr. Anglais, by the North American Indians.

Usage

In literature:

No Yankee girl could play and sing these songs, I'm in heaven, and you're an angel.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
It was found to be a boat-load of escaping slaves, who had put to sea at random, feeling sure of finding "de Yankees" somewhere.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Eventually Yankees fell back nine miles.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
One day, a sharp Yankee lady and her daughter, from Connecticut, called at the Museum.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
I heard the Yankees had run you 'way from Oakland last night, and was sort o' huntin' for you.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
Better let these Yankees go, and save your own life.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
He's licked by the Yankee squirrel gun.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Do you suppose a Yankee would act that way?
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
A mess more repellant to a Yankee's stomach could not well be contrived.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
But I say, where's the Yankee?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
I say he wanted to make no mistakes; he was learning his part; there was nothing of the Irish in him, only the sharp Yankee.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
I wish you had nothing to do with Yankees.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
I want you to understand that you must not drive people crazy out in the streets with your villainous Yankee songs.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
So dem Yankees went on somewhars, I never know'd whar, and everything round Yorkville was powerful relieved.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Massa Yankee no good man; bad Massa, Massa Yankee!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Job Howland interposed his long Yankee body.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
They were confident that one Southerner could whip five Yankees.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I reckon, however, that the Yankee schoolmaster has been favored with a little demonstration of southern sentiment.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
As they brought prisoners back, we noticed one horse shot in the nose, and a little further on a dead Yankee in the road.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott
De Yankees 'll git win' o' dis an' you'll go to jail!
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
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In poetry:

I vonder if ve all get stung,
Like vot de Yankees say;
Der Kaiser maype yet get hung,
If ve don't vin de day.
"Hans Begins To Wonder" by Abner Cosens
Something in you which carries me beyond
Yankee, Yankee,
What we call human.
Carries me where I want to be carried . . .
Or don't I?
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
But memory, waked by music's art,
Expressed in simplest numbers,
Subdued the sternest Yankee heart,
Made light the Rebel's slumbers.
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
For still with their loud, deep, bull-dog bay,
The Yankee batteries blazed away,
And with every murderous second that sped
A dozen brave fellows, alas! fell dead.
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
Soldiers, march! we shall not fight again
The Yankees with our guns well-aimed and rammed-
All are born Yankees of the race of men
And this, too, now the country of the damned:
"To The Lacedemonians" by Allen Tate
Go 'way, go 'way, don't ring no more, ole bell of Saint Michel,
For if you do, I can't stay here, you know dat very well,
No matter how I close ma ear, I can't shut out de soun',
It rise so high 'bove all de noise of dis beeg Yankee town.
"De Bell Of St. Michel" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Bobby Valentine gestures as he talks to reporters on the field before the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York on Monday.
There are certain jobs in pro sports that are just more special -- shortstop for the New York Yankees, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
More on BYU's Yankee-loving Matt Carlino .
Are you starting to feel a little bit better about trading away Montero, Yankees fans.
Luca's provided catering to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
Rick Wood/MCT Mike Cameron may be in center for the Yankees in '09.
The Yankee Crafty B*tch shares that perfect end-of-summer recipe.
Mets' Frank Francisco doesn't chicken out after comment about Yankees.
Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE One night after calling the Yankees "chicken," Frank Francisco didn't back away from his comments.
The Yankees' Pregame Choreography .
The Yankees' Pregame Choreography. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
Yankees fans enjoy Opening Day in a full house at Yankee Stadium.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Mark Teixeira was with the Rangers when he slammed into Yankees catcher Jorge Posada while attempting to score in the top of the sixth inning during a game at Yankee Stadium.
Bob Sheppard, the Yankees' longtime announcer, was honored May 7, 2000, at Yankee Stadium.
Kathy Willens/AP Photo Does current Yankees captain Derek Jeter belong on a Mount Rushmore of the four greatest Yankees ever.
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In science:

Shimony (1992), who compares Mach to a Yankee storekeeper with many useful items on his shelves, connected to each other only loosely if at all.
Comments on Dragging Effects
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