verb (used without object)
- raucous or querulous speech.
- a noisy, foolish utterance.
Origin of yawp
Examples from the Web for yawp
Students moan and growl and shriek and yawp, as if exorcising demons in a ritualistic ceremony.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An' with that the consarn gin sech a yawp, it plumb went through my haid.The Phantoms of the Foot-Bridge and Other Stories|Charles Egbert Craddock
They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
Dont let me hear of you opening your yawp the way you did just now.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Word Origin for yawp
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.