An American from any of the Northern states that stayed in the Union at the time of the Civil War. This would include, but not be limited to, people in the New England states descending from the original English settlers.

Even though there is a wide variety of personality and character types in the Northern United States as there are everywhere, there are certain stereotypical features of many Northerners. These qualities include a straight-forwardness that can easily develop into what Southerners perceive as abrasive and rude; a certain concern with macro moral issues that give them a self-righteous, arrogant quality; a lack of immediate friendliness with strangers--cold, standoffish, detached; a lack of style, panache; a bone-headed lack of concern with manners and gentility. Their speech tends to be flat and forceful sounding as though they are barking out orders.

Yankees won the Civil War only by using terrorist tactics and human wave attacks. This strategy exploited Northern advantages in sheer numbers of men and supplies.

In more recent times, a large influx of Yankees into the Southeast and Southwest has dissipated the influence of native Southerners in places such as Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Houston, and Atlanta, destroying what is unique about the South. As Southern culture fades in these places, incivility, crime, taxes, social isolation, aggressive behavior, out of control development increase.

Yankees have invaded Southerners' region and complain about the climate (too hot and humid), the people (they talk slow with a drawl and are "hypocrites" for being friendly with strangers but not wanting to be close friends with everyone they meet on the street), low taxes (not enough give away programs to the well-connected), racism (which they are as guilty of as Southerners), and too much emphasis on the Civil War.
Yankee in the South: "Bawb where did they say Lenox Maul is here in Atlanta (with a long, flat 'a')? These people here talk funny and are so dumb for being kind to us."
by Tex iin Tex February 03, 2008
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The word is a derogatory term used to describe Americans by the Brits, Canadians, Australians and the like; but in the USA used to define an American from the Northern States in the USA, such as New England and the Mid-West.

It was most notably used to describe to the Federal Solders and other Northerners by the Confederates during the Civil War Era. Even though some foreigner’s refer to all American’s as Yankees, does not make it so. Call a Southerner a Yankee and he’ll think you’re either just plain dumb or that you are trying to pick a fight.

The characteristics often associated with a stereotypical Yankee are shrewdness, thrift, craftiness, rudeness, arrogance, and loudness.

To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast
by OneBadAsp October 15, 2006
The most overpaid assholes in the MLB.
Their fans are also the biggest bandwagoning idiots EVER.
Fuck the Yankees
Yankees suck
by hello May 09, 2004
A term and nickname created by Southerners and Confederate Civil War soldiers for a person who is from the North (Midwest/Northeast). It was especially given to Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War, usually having to go into into The South in order to engage the enemy in combat. The Union forces invading Southern territory and also incidents where a few groups of soldiers pillaged and destroyed property and people's lives resulted in making this nickname derogatory by some.
Northerners and Midwesterners get called "Yankees" a lot by many Southerners.
by The Bush Fan March 17, 2005
Their are three types of yankees:
1)Yankee-Someone who was born and still lives in the north.
2)Damn Yankee- Someone born in the north who moves to the south with intentions on moving back up north.
3)GD Yankee- Someone born in the north who moves to the south with intentions of staying in the south.
My girlfriend is a GD yankee.
by Whitetrash SOB June 18, 2009
Yankees Suck
It is a well known fact that the Yankees eat babies, rape young unwed mothers and are the number one cause of the decay of Western civilization.
by Poop in your hat January 21, 2004
The most egotistical group of athletes to ever hit the major leagues. They are the first team to CHOKE on a 3 - 0 in the 2004 ALCS. They also suffered the biggest shut out in MLB history, losing 22-0 to Toronto. The Yankees Suck.
Who's your daddy now?
by Raych November 19, 2004
The most historic and awesome team in American history. The New York Yankees are far more than just a baseball team. They are an institution. Legends such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, and Reggie Jackson were all Yankees. They have won the world Series 26 times.

Also known as the Bronx Bombers.
The New York Yankees are the ultimate sports franchise.
by woots August 16, 2006
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