- 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
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
January 9, 2015
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.Skyrider
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
- 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 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.