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.
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chatterbox, gossipmonger, windbag, squealer, gossiper, blowhard, tattletale, blabber, loudmouth, gasbag, chatterer, jabberer, babbler, bigmouth, gabber, motor-mouth
Origin of yap
1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 5b; imitative
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Historical Examples of yapper
This to the yelper, while still holding the yapper well in hand.Pippin; A Wandering Flame
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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
(usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
Word Origin for yap
C17: of imitative origin
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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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