[ yel ]
/ yɛl /

verb (used without object)

to cry out or speak with a strong, loud, clear sound; shout: He always yells when he is angry.
to scream with pain, fright, etc.

verb (used with object)

to utter or tell by yelling: to yell an order to the troops.


a cry uttered by yelling.
a cheer or shout of fixed words or syllables, as one adopted by a school or college to encourage a team.

Origin of yell

before 1000; (v.) Middle English yellen, Old English gellan, giellan; cognate with German gellen to resound, Dutch gillen; akin to Old English galan to sing (see nightingale); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.


out·yell, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for yell

/ (jɛl) /


to shout, scream, cheer, or utter in a loud or piercing way


a loud piercing inarticulate cry, as of pain, anger, or fear
US and Canadian a rhythmic cry of words or syllables, used in cheering in unison

Derived forms of yell

yeller, noun

Word Origin for yell

Old English giellan; related to Old Saxon gellon, Old High German gellan, Old Norse gjalla; see nightingale
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