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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Related Words for yammered

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

Examples from the Web for yammered

Historical Examples of yammered

  • "I wouldn't want any of that stuff inside of me," he yammered.

    The 4-D Doodler

    Graph Waldeyer

  • The girn, my informant said, was never out its face, and it yammered on night and day.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier

  • He ripped past their strengthless clutching fingers and yammered on the trail of the Martian.

    Duel on Syrtis

    Poul William Anderson

  • The dreary weather held, there was rain and snow, gales like famished banshees pounded and yammered at the hotel windows.

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    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Their guns hammered and yammered out their song, and Dave could clearly see their tracers zinging down into the German plane.

British Dictionary definitions for yammered



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 yammered



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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