or yaup

[yawp, yahp]
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  1. a harsh cry.
  2. Slang.
    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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Related Words for yawp

yelp, cry, gripe, yap, bawl, scream

Examples from the Web for yawp

Contemporary Examples of yawp

Historical Examples of yawp

  • Hear him for his cause, and 'hold your yawp,' till he has said what he has got to say.

  • Dont let me hear of you opening your yawp the way you did just now.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

  • You'd keep that yawp o' your'n goin', I believe, if it was the judgment day.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott

  • They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.


    B. M. Bower

  • From his raggedly whiskered lips burst a growl and a yawp which, too late, he regretted.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for yawp


verb (intr)
  1. to gape or yawn, esp audibly
  2. to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
  3. to bark, yelp, or yowl
  1. a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
  2. 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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