[ yawp, yahp ]
/ yɔp, yɑp /

verb (used without object), noun

Nearby words

  1. yatter,
  2. yauco,
  3. yaud,
  4. yauld,
  5. yaunde,
  6. yaupon,
  7. yautia,
  8. yavapai,
  9. yavarí,
  10. yaw

Related formsyaup·er, noun


or yaup

[ yawp, yahp ]
/ yɔp, yɑp /

verb (used without object)

to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.


a harsh cry.
  1. raucous or querulous speech.
  2. a noisy, foolish utterance.

Origin of yawp

1300–50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp

Related formsyawp·er, noun

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/ (jɔːp) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of yawp
Derived Formsyauper, noun


/ (jɔːp) /

verb (intr)

to gape or yawn, esp audibly
to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
to bark, yelp, or yowl


a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
US and Canadian a noisy, foolish, or raucous utterance
Derived Formsyawper, noun

Word Origin for yawp

C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp

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Word Origin and History for yaup



c.1300, yolpen, probably echoic variant of yelpen (see yelp). Related: Yawped; yawping. The noun, in reference to speech, is recorded from 1835, now used chiefly with conscious echo of Whitman.

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