n Word meaning "hello", originated by rap music in the 90s
Yo! Frank, what's up?
po Sean Март 23, 2004
Substitution for someone's name.
Ay, Yo, how you doin'?
po S Donahue Јануар 15, 2004
Yo! Wassup?
po louis Октобар 22, 2001
the hood where all the shooting is going dow.
My sister was raped in the y-o.
po Phizzy Март 5, 2004
Yonkers, NYC 10704
po Anonymous Септембар 24, 2003
1. a greeting
2. a general word that can be put at the end of any sentence for emphasis
1. yo dude, whats up?
2. i NEED to get this paper done, yo!
po risewiththesmoke Фабруар 11, 2009
Back in the 70's and 80's, the baby boomer Italian's from NYC used "yo" like an equivalent of whistling out loud to get someone's attention-- usually someone at a distance or if you wanted to immediately get attention up close. The word was also preceded with a "hey" in many cases, as in "hey, yo." This was the old-Italian guard usage. When African Americans got a hold of it, "yo" was not only used with the "Italian usage," but also became an abbreviation for the possessive, "your."
Otherwise, see Lili2344 for a history lesson on where the slang originated.
Brooklyn vernacular:

Hey yo, Joey, wutsamatta. I ask'ja ta trow me the ball tree times already.

African American colloquialism: (now used by all ethnicities despite class, education, and geography)

Yo! Rick baby, what's with yo ride yo?
po Mark Kessel Јануар 28, 2008

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