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[yawp, yahp] /yɔp, yɑp/
verb (used without object)
to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.
a harsh cry.
  1. raucous or querulous speech.
  2. a noisy, foolish utterance.
Origin of yawp
1300-50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp
Related forms
yawper, noun Unabridged
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  • Hear him for his cause, and 'hold your yawp,' till he has said what he has got to say.

  • Dont let me hear of you opening your yawp the way you did just now.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • You'd keep that yawp o' your'n goin', I believe, if it was the judgment day.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott
  • They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.


    B. M. Bower
  • From his raggedly whiskered lips burst a growl and a yawp which, too late, he regretted.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Don't be in a hurry to let out a yawp; if dere's any hollerin' to be done, I'll take charge of it.


    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • You know we agreed it was none of our business whether a peacock on the lawn or a dog in his kennel let out that yawp.

  • Now they have shut up their yawp about him, since he has proved to be no better than Talmage or Beecher.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun

    George W. Peck
  • An' with that the consarn gin sech a yawp, it plumb went through my haid.

British Dictionary definitions for yawp


verb (intransitive)
to gape or yawn, esp audibly
to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
to bark, yelp, or yowl
a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
(US & Canadian) a noisy, foolish, or raucous utterance
Derived Forms
yawper, noun
Word Origin
C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp
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Word Origin and History for yawp

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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