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.
The bogey of American influence in the region even led some British authorities to ponder dividing the province and flooding western Ontario with British settlers to counteract "Yankeeism" (Landon 1967, ch.
The Conservative Dumfries Herald, a critic of the American political system throughout the nineteenth century, declared that: "This war puts an end to Yankeeism. The Constitution of the Union will be greatly modified by the severe process it is going through, and we may expect the higher intelligence of the country to have a larger share in its legislature and Executive.
One North Korean critic identified Americanism as 'Yankeeism' which was again identified as 'loneliness', 'betrayal of children against their parents', 'lust', emotional starvation, child abuse, homosexuality, brutality, fear, abnormal sexuality, hatred, and massacres as shown in the Korean War.
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.
Yankeeisms. He was a self-declared disciple of Josiah Clark Nott's
But his Yankeeisms and vulgarisms exasperated even those reviewers, like Henry Irving Brock, who admired Lawrence's critical "acumen." In the New York Times Book Review, Brock complains that Lawrence's sentences "might often be composed by a gum-chewing Main Street soda-fountain cut-up or a blear-eyed bar-room bum" (9).
Sometimes overlooked is the significance of Lowell's use of Americanisms, especially Yankeeisms. For many American readers through several generations it provided the first literary introduction to the American language.