yap

[ 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.

noun

a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
Slang.
  1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
  2. the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.

Nearby words

  1. yanomamo,
  2. yanqui,
  3. yantai,
  4. yao,
  5. yaoundé,
  6. yapok,
  7. yapon,
  8. yapp,
  9. yappy,
  10. yapurá

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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British Dictionary definitions for yapping

yap

/ (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

noun

a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
slang a derogatory word for mouth

interjection

(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

Yap

/ (jɑːp, jæp) /

noun

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 yapping

yap

v.

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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