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yawp

or yaup

[yawp, yahp]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
  2. Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.
noun
  1. a harsh cry.
  2. Slang.
    1. raucous or querulous speech.
    2. a noisy, foolish utterance.

Origin of yawp

1300–50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp
Related formsyawp·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yawp

yawp

verb (intr)
  1. to gape or yawn, esp audibly
  2. to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
  3. to bark, yelp, or yowl
noun
  1. a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
  2. US and Canadian a noisy, foolish, or raucous utterance
Derived Formsyawper, noun

Word Origin

C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp
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Word Origin and History for yawp

v.

c.1300, yolpen, probably echoic variant of yelpen (see yelp). Related: Yawped; yawping. The noun, in reference to speech, is recorded from 1835, now used chiefly with conscious echo of Whitman.

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