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yap

[yap] /yæp/
verb (used without object), yapped, yapping.
1.
to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
2.
Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
verb (used with object), yapped, yapping.
3.
to utter by yapping.
noun
4.
a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
5.
Slang.
  1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
  2. the mouth:
    Keep your yap shut.
6.
Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.
Origin of yap
1595-1605
1595-1605; 1900-05 for def 5b; imitative
Related forms
yapper, noun
yappingly, adverb
yappy, adjective, yappier, yappiest.
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Examples from the Web for yapping
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  • Heneage took no more notice of him than he would of a yapping terrier.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Then I laughed as I heard their yapping, and grumbling, and questioning what had become of me.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • The yapping and barking of the wolves fell upon an unhearing ear.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He was running and yapping all day and pretty nearly all night.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • He saw concentric circles of fists and snow and a yapping dog.

    Jimsy Leona Dalrymple
  • It is a test of the civilized to see and hear, and add no yapping to the spectacle.

British Dictionary definitions for yapping

yap

/jæp/
verb (intransitive) yaps, yapping, yapped
1.
(of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
2.
(informal) to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
noun
3.
a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
4.
(slang) annoying or stupid speech; jabber
5.
(slang) a derogatory word for mouth
interjection
6.
(usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
Derived Forms
yapper, noun
yappy, adjective
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin

Yap

/jɑːp; jæp/
noun
1.
a group of four main islands in the W Pacific, in the W Caroline Islands: administratively a district of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947; became self-governing in 1979 as part of the Federated States of Micronesia; important Japanese naval base in World War II. Pop: 11 647 (2006 est). Area: 101 sq km (39 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for yapping

yap

v.

c.1600, probably of imitative origin. Originally in reference to dog sounds; meaning "to talk idle chatter" is first recorded 1886. Related: Yapped; yapping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yapping

yap 1

noun

  1. A stupid person; a half-wit; boob: just a no-account yap (1894+)
  2. A rural person; hick, yokel (1900+ Hoboes)
  3. A criminal's victim; mark, patsy (1912+ Underworld)

[probably fr British dialect, ''half-wit'']

yap 2

noun

The mouth; bazoo: every time you open your yap to say something (1900+)

verb

To talk, esp idly or naggingly; yammer: You've been yapping away (1886+)

Related Terms

blow off one's mouth, open one's yap

[probably echoic, and similar to the sense ''yelp,'' esp as a small dog does]

YAP

noun

A young person in one of the learned and well-paid professions

[1970s+; fr Young American Professional]

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