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
Related formsyap·per, nounyap·ping·ly, adverbyap·py, adjective, yap·pi·er, yap·pi·est.


[yahp, yap]


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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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)

(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 Formsyapper, nounyappy, adjective

Word Origin for yap

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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