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verb (used without object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
  2. Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.
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verb (used with object), yapped, yap·ping.
  1. to utter by yapping.
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  1. a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  2. Slang.
    1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
    2. the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
  3. Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.
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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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Related Words

yelp, babble, ramble, bay, woof, yip, blather, prate, jaw, gossip, prattle, gibber, jabber, gab, twaddle, chat, chatter, clack, tattle, yammer

Examples from the Web for yapping

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Historical Examples

  • Heneage took no more notice of him than he would of a yapping terrier.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Then I laughed as I heard their yapping, and grumbling, and questioning what had become of me.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The yapping and barking of the wolves fell upon an unhearing ear.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • He was running and yapping all day and pretty nearly all night.

  • He saw concentric circles of fists and snow and a yapping dog.


    Leona Dalrymple

British Dictionary definitions for yapping


verb yaps, yapping or yapped (intr)
  1. (of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
  2. informal to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber
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  1. a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
  2. slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
  3. slang a derogatory word for mouth
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  1. (usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering
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Derived Formsyapper, nounyappy, adjective

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin


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Word Origin and History for yapping



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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