verb (used without object)

to whine or complain.
to make an outcry or clamor.
to talk loudly and persistently.

verb (used with object)

to utter clamorously, persistently, or in complaint: They yammered their complaints until she let them see the movie.


the act or noise of yammering.

Origin of yammer

1275–1325; Middle English yameren (v.) < Middle Dutch jam(m)eren, replacing Middle English yomeren, Old English gēomrian to complain, derivative of gēomor sad; akin to German Jammer lamentation
Related formsyam·mer·er, nounyam·mer·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for yammer

Historical Examples of yammer

  • The tank guns had gone silent, but the yammer of a machine gun took up the song.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • It was as if Yammer's face showed in the water into which he thrust the paddle.

    Sinister Paradise

    Robert Moore Williams

  • If Miss Ross is no feared for her teeth, sighed Mrs. Yammer.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • Again: "Some folk are never content; if they'd o' th' world gan to 'em, they'd yammer for th' lower shop to put their rubbish in!"

    Lancashire Humour

    Thomas Newbigging

  • An' when yo' dad coom home there'd be no Wee Anne to rin to him, and climb on his knee, and yammer to him, and beat his face.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

British Dictionary definitions for yammer



to utter or whine in a complaining or peevish manner
to make (a complaint) loudly or persistently
(intr) (esp of an animal) to howl or wail plaintively or distressingly; yelp or yowl


a yammering sound, wail, or utterance
nonsense; jabber
Derived Formsyammerer, noun

Word Origin for yammer

Old English geōmrian to grumble, complain; related to Old High German iāmar misery, lamentation, Old Norse amra to howl
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Word Origin and History for yammer

late 15c., "to lament," probably from Middle Dutch jammeren and cognate Middle English yeoumeren, "to mourn, complain," from Old English geomrian "to lament," from geomor "sorrowful," probably of imitative origin. Meaning "to make loud, annoying noise" is attested from 1510s. Related: Yammered; yammering.

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