A Yankee custom, characteristic, usage, or pronunciation.


1. (Peoples) Yankee character, behaviour, or attitudes
2. (Languages) a typical Yankee word, expression, or trait


(ˈyæŋ kiˌɪz əm)

1. Yankee character or characteristics.
2. a Yankee expression, pronunciation, etc.
[1785–95, Amer.]


1. a Yankee characteristic or character.
2. British. a linguistic or cultural trait peculiar to the United States.
3. Southern U.S. a linguistic or cultural trait peculiar to the states siding with the Union during the Civil War.
4. Northern U.S. a linguistic or cultural trait peculiar to the New England states.
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This young woman is the most extraordinary specimen of artless Yankeeism that I ever encountered; she is really too horrible.
First, it tackles the question of the gendered reproduction of Yankeeism as a script that profoundly affected other interstitial youth cultures that followed in the Bills' wake, such as the well-known sapeurs (Congolese dandies), shegue (street children), kadogos (child soldiers) or kuluna (criminal thugs).
Lawrence settlement because it smacked of too much Yankeeism.
Dignity and courtesy will then be the more prevailing spirit and tone of the land, and thereby Yankeeism dies.
Where Blanche connects with traditional Japanese culture now overrun with Yankees and Japanese converts to Yankeeism, she could have suggested perhaps the traditional Japanese culture now in full retreat/defeat.
But his Yankeeisms and vulgarisms exasperated even those reviewers, like Henry Irving Brock, who admired Lawrence's critical "acumen.
Sometimes overlooked is the significance of Lowell's use of Americanisms, especially Yankeeisms.