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yammer

[ yam-er ]
/ ˈyæm ər /
Informal.
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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.

noun

the act or noise of yammering.

RELATED WORDS

moan, whimper, bellyache, fuss, wail, carp, grumble, gripe, repine, yowl, complain, howl

Nearby words

yamato-e, yambol, yamen, yami, yamim nora'im, yammer, yamoussoukro, yampa, yampee, yampy, yamuna

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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British Dictionary definitions for yammer

yammer

/ (ˈjæmə) informal /

verb

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

noun

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

yammer


v.

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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