- to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
- Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.
- a harsh cry.
- raucous or querulous speech.
- a noisy, foolish utterance.
Origin of yawp
1300–50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp
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- a variant spelling of yawp
- 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
Word Origin for yawp
C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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