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[yap] /yæp/
verb (used without object), yapped, yapping.
to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
verb (used with object), yapped, yapping.
to utter by yapping.
a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
  2. the mouth:
    Keep your yap shut.
Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.
Origin of yap
1595-1605; 1900-05 for def 5b; imitative
Related forms
yapper, noun
yappingly, adverb
yappy, adjective, yappier, yappiest.


[yahp, yap] /yɑp, yæp/
one of the Caroline Islands, in the W Pacific: part of the Federated States of Micronesia. 83 sq. mi. (215 sq. km). Unabridged
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  • He won't make no move that the law don't back him up in; but some o' these other yaps are talkin' all kinds of gun-play.

  • The yaps and arnas in Central Asia form great obstacles to the traveller.

  • The yaps that listen to him don't understand him, but somehow he gets under their skins.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Oh, there are half a dozen yaps with a wad she could have, and any time she wants to whistle," said Fred pugnaciously.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • The dogs send love to their mistress in yaps, yowls and whines.

  • One of the judges finally got out a mouthful of growls and yaps, and gave it to the clerk of the court to copy into the record.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • There's always a lot of yaps about there that know us, and they would begin to cackle first off.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • These yaps are going to hold another meeting to-night to decide on Martha Scroggs' fiancé.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • A dog began to bark near the chapel, his yaps becoming more and more frantic.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for yaps


verb (intransitive) yaps, yapping, yapped
(of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
(informal) to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
(slang) annoying or stupid speech; jabber
(slang) a derogatory word for mouth
(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


/jɑːp; jæp/
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 yaps



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

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

yap 1


  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


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


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]



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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yaps in Technology

Yet Another Production System? College Park Software. A commercial production system rule language, simpler than OPS5. YAPS allows knowledge bases to be attached to instances of CLOS objects.
E-mail: Liz Allen .

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for yaps


young aspiring professional
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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