- to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
- Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
- to utter by yapping.
- a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
- shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
- the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
- Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.
Origin of yap
1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 5b; imitative
- one of the Caroline Islands, in the W Pacific: part of the Federated States of Micronesia. 83 sq. mi. (215 sq. km).
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Related Wordsyelp, babble, ramble, bay, woof, yip, blather, prate, jaw, gossip, prattle, gibber, jabber, gab, twaddle
Examples from the Web for yap
Wouldn't even pay attention to the packs of feral Iraqi hounds that yap and howl all through the night when people walk by.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq
May 26, 2013
They probably think they can get quail on toast now if they yap for it.The Rainy Day Railroad War
It was too late to see them, and Con, who limped at my heels, had not a yap left in him.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
The glass and porcelain money on Yap must have come from China or Japan.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
In the second place there is no mound of sand in front of Yap Yap's doorway.
He is to be feared most of all because he can follow Yap Yap down into his hole.
- (of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
- informal to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
- a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
- slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
- slang a derogatory word for mouth
- (usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
C17: of imitative origin
- a group of four main islands in the W Pacific, in the W Caroline Islands: administratively a district of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947; became self-governing in 1979 as part of the Federated States of Micronesia; important Japanese naval base in World War II. Pop: 11 647 (2006 est). Area: 101 sq km (39 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for yap
c.1600, probably of imitative origin. Originally in reference to dog sounds; meaning "to talk idle chatter" is first recorded 1886. Related: Yapped; yapping.
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