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verb (used without object)
  1. to cry out or speak with a strong, loud, clear sound; shout: He always yells when he is angry.
  2. to scream with pain, fright, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or tell by yelling: to yell an order to the troops.
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  1. a cry uttered by yelling.
  2. a cheer or shout of fixed words or syllables, as one adopted by a school or college to encourage a team.
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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.
Related formsout·yell, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for yell

squawk, yelp, wail, screech, hoot, whoop, shriek, howl, squeal, vociferate, bellow, lament, roar, cry, yap, bawl, complain, cheer, shout, holler

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British Dictionary definitions for yell


  1. to shout, scream, cheer, or utter in a loud or piercing way
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  1. a loud piercing inarticulate cry, as of pain, anger, or fear
  2. US and Canadian a rhythmic cry of words or syllables, used in cheering in unison
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Derived Formsyeller, 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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Word Origin and History for yell


Old English gellan (Mercian), giellan (West Saxon), class III strong verb (past tense geal, past participle gollen), from Proto-Germanic *gelnanan (cf. Old Norse gjalla "to resound," Middle Dutch ghellen, Dutch gillen, Old High German gellan, German gellen "to yell"), extended form of root of Old English galan "to sing" (source of the -gale in nightingale); from PIE *ghel- "to cry out, shout, sing." Related: Yelled; yelling.

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late 14c., originally in Scottish, from yell (v.).

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