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[yam-er] /ˈyæm ər/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to whine or complain.
to make an outcry or clamor.
to talk loudly and persistently.
verb (used with object)
to utter clamorously, persistently, or in complaint:
They yammered their complaints until she let them see the movie.
the act or noise of yammering.
Origin of yammer
1275-1325; Middle English yameren (v.) < Middle Dutch jam(m)eren, replacing Middle English yomeren, Old English gēomrian to complain, derivative of gēomor sad; akin to German Jammer lamentation
Related forms
yammerer, noun
yammeringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yammered
Historical Examples
  • "I wouldn't want any of that stuff inside of me," he yammered.

    The 4-D Doodler Graph Waldeyer
  • The girn, my informant said, was never out its face, and it yammered on night and day.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier
  • He ripped past their strengthless clutching fingers and yammered on the trail of the Martian.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • The dreary weather held, there was rain and snow, gales like famished banshees pounded and yammered at the hotel windows.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Their guns hammered and yammered out their song, and Dave could clearly see their tracers zinging down into the German plane.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • She caught her breath, but did not flinch as the tumbling waters seethed and yammered around her.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • They yammered at the boats which came to their relief, with noises like those of scared beasts.

    A Master of Fortune

    Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for yammered


to utter or whine in a complaining or peevish manner
to make (a complaint) loudly or persistently
(intransitive) (esp of an animal) to howl or wail plaintively or distressingly; yelp or yowl
a yammering sound, wail, or utterance
nonsense; jabber
Derived Forms
yammerer, noun
Word Origin
Old English geōmrian to grumble, complain; related to Old High German iāmar misery, lamentation, Old Norse amra to howl
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Word Origin and History for yammered



late 15c., "to lament," probably from Middle Dutch jammeren and cognate Middle English yeoumeren, "to mourn, complain," from Old English geomrian "to lament," from geomor "sorrowful," probably of imitative origin. Meaning "to make loud, annoying noise" is attested from 1510s. Related: Yammered; yammering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yammered



Talking: He kept up his tedious yammer (1500+)


  1. To talk loudly; yak: They were yammering away about taxes (1513+)
  2. To complain; whine and nag; bitch: They are always yammering about mere details (1786+)

[fr Scots dialect, related to German Jammer, ''lamentation, misery'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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