[ yap ]
/ yæp /

verb (used without object), yapped, yap·ping.

to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.

verb (used with object), yapped, yap·ping.

to utter by yapping.


a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
  2. 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


yapper, nounyap·ping·ly, adverbyappy, adjective, yap·pi·er, yap·pi·est.

Words nearby yap

Definition for yap (2 of 2)

[ yahp, yap ]
/ yɑp, yæp /


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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British Dictionary definitions for yap (1 of 2)

/ (jæp) /

verb yaps, yapping or yapped (intr)

(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

Derived forms of yap

yapper, nounyappy, adjective

Word Origin for yap

C17: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for yap (2 of 2)

/ (jɑːp, jæp) /


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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