- to give a quick, sharp, shrill cry, as a dog or fox.
- to call or cry out sharply: The boy yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot.
- to utter or express by or as if by yelping.
- a quick, sharp bark or cry.
Origin of yelp
Examples from the Web for yelp
Services like Airbnb, Yelp, and yes, Uber are disrupting long-established industries, from taxis to hotels.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
After placing Kirk in a cell by herself, she says one LAPD officer “asked to give him a five star Yelp review.”Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
The Yelp reviews attest to the diverse crowd that frequents Orchard Corset Center.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
When situations like this happen, I turn to Yelp as it is an invaluable resource for finding delicious eats all over the world.The Best Travel Apps for Road Warriors
May 27, 2014
Yelp is great for sharing and searching out objective experiences about businesses and other professionally-related ratings.The Lulu App is Ruining Dating
March 6, 2014
We've got them tied up close by, and every little while one gives a yelp.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
Stop that barkin', now, you whelp, Or I'll kick you till you yelp!Farm Ballads
The earth struck him a harsh blow on the nose that made him yelp.White Fang
The yelp of a dog was heard now and then and the faint cries of children.The Harbor
With a yelp of triumph he rose to his knees and leveled the weapon.
- (esp of a dog) to utter a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark, often indicating pain
- a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark
Word Origin and History for yelp
Old English gelpan (Anglian), gielpan (West Saxon) "to boast," from Proto-Germanic *gelpanan (cf. Old Saxon galpon, Old Norse gjalpa "to yelp," Old Norse gjalp "boasting," Old High German gelph "outcry"), from PIE root *ghel- "to cry out" (see yell). Related: Yelped; yelping.
Old English gielp "boasting," from source of yelp (v.). Meaning "quick, sharp bark or cry" is attested from c.1500.