[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. yelisavetgrad,
  2. yelisavetpol,
  3. yelizaveta petrovna,
  4. yelizavetgrad,
  5. yelk,
  6. yellow,
  7. yellow alert,
  8. yellow archangel,
  9. yellow atrophy of liver,
  10. yellow avens

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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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