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verb (used without object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
  2. Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
verb (used with object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to utter by yapping.
  1. a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  2. Slang.
    1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
    2. the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
  3. Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.

Origin of yap

1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 5b; imitative
Related formsyap·per, nounyap·ping·ly, adverbyap·py, adjective, yap·pi·er, yap·pi·est.
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Examples from the Web for yappy

Historical Examples

  • If they want to commit the Yappy Dispatch, why shouldn't they?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Nov. 28, 1917


  • When Yappy came near, Brushtail sprang right out, and away he ran.

  • You see now what Brushtail was doing—he was leading Yappy away from that den of little foxes!

  • He looked out in the woods in the direction where Yappy and the other hound were still running and barking.

  • But Yappy passed so close he smelled fox, and then Brushtail certainly did have to jump and run.

British Dictionary definitions for yappy


verb yaps, yapping or yapped (intr)
  1. (of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
  2. informal to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
  1. a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
  2. slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
  3. slang a derogatory word for mouth
  1. (usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
Derived Formsyapper, nounyappy, adjective

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin


  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 yappy


1909, from yap + -y (2).



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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