- to bark sharply, as a young dog.
- a sharp bark; yelp.
Origin of yip
1400–50; late Middle English yippe, perhaps alteration of yilpe yelp
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Examples from the Web for yips
On the second day the Yips began to wish they had not embarked on this adventure.
Cayke was not satisfied, but the other Yips seemed to approve the plan highly.
The piercing "yips" of cowboys meant nothing but an excess of spirits.The Lady Doc
She heard the shrieks and yips of the Indians in the yard of the trading post.Shaman
No one else is able to make such good cookies as I have cooked, as you and all the Yips know.
- the yips informal (in sport, originally esp golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yips
1903, possibly from dialectal yip "to cheep like a bird" (early 19c.), from Middle English yippen (mid-15c.), of imitative origin.
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