- 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.
- 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
Related Words for yellsquawk, yelp, wail, screech, hoot, whoop, shriek, howl, squeal, vociferate, bellow, lament, roar, cry, yap, bawl, complain, cheer, shout, holler
Examples from the Web for yell
Contemporary Examples of yell
They were across the street from a fire station, close enough for his daughter to yell for help.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Sometimes I want to yell, "STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU."The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
The House freshman from Yell County is in a dead heat with Sen. Mark Pryor in the Arkansas Senate race.The Wall Street Money Men Behind a Right-Wing Star
September 26, 2014
Giuliana has the thinnest body, but she eats, she really eats, so what the hell are you going to yell at her about?Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
Then Stewart turned to criticize Palestinian militants, causing the correspondents to return and yell pro-Palestinian slogans.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering
July 21, 2014
Historical Examples of yell
He was on the point of seating himself when he heard Will's yell.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Regardless of possibly near-by elk, I raised a frightened, yell.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The real rustic does utter a yell of joy at the sight of a Bayswater omnibus.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
He could not imagine why some workman did not leap out, seize his arm and yell "Spy!"The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Accusation summarised by other Members with yell of "Coward!"
- 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
Word Origin 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.
late 14c., originally in Scottish, from yell (v.).