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verb (used without object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
  2. Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
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verb (used with object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to utter by yapping.
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  1. a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  2. Slang.
    1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
    2. the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
  3. Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.
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Origin of yap

1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 5b; imitative
Related formsyap·per, nounyap·ping·ly, adverbyap·py, adjective, yap·pi·er, yap·pi·est.


[yahp, yap]
  1. 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 Words for yap

yelp, babble, ramble, bay, woof, yip, blather, prate, jaw, gossip, prattle, gibber, jabber, gab, twaddle

Examples from the Web for yap

Contemporary Examples of yap

Historical Examples of yap

  • They probably think they can get quail on toast now if they yap for it.

  • It was too late to see them, and Con, who limped at my heels, had not a yap left in him.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The glass and porcelain money on Yap must have come from China or Japan.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for yap


verb yaps, yapping or yapped (intr)
  1. (of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
  2. informal to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
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  1. a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
  2. slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
  3. slang a derogatory word for mouth
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  1. (usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
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Derived Formsyapper, nounyappy, adjective

Word Origin for yap

C17: of imitative origin


  1. 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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