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.


Nearby words

  1. yawnfully,
  2. yawning,
  3. yawningly,
  4. yawnsome,
  5. yawny,
  6. yaws,
  7. yaxchilán,
  8. yay,
  9. yayoi,
  10. yazata

Origin of yawp

1300–50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp

Related formsyawp·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for yawp


/ (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 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.

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