[ 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.
- 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
Related formsyap·per, nounyap·ping·ly, adverbyap·py, adjective, yap·pi·er, yap·pi·est.
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Examples from the Web for yapper
This to the yelper, while still holding the yapper well in hand.Pippin; A Wandering Flame|Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for yapper (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 Formsyapper, nounyappy, adjective
Word Origin for yap
C17: of imitative origin
British Dictionary definitions for yapper (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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Word Origin and History for yapper
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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