yelp

[yelp]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give a quick, sharp, shrill cry, as a dog or fox.
  2. to call or cry out sharply: The boy yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot.
verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or express by or as if by yelping.
noun
  1. a quick, sharp bark or cry.

Origin of yelp

before 900; (v.) Middle English yelpen, Old English gielpan to boast; cognate with Low German galpen to croak; (noun) Middle English: boasting, Old English gielp, derivative of the v.
Related formsyelp·er, nounout·yelp, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for yelp

hoot, screech, yap, yowl, bark, howl, yip

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British Dictionary definitions for yelp

yelp

verb (intr)
  1. (esp of a dog) to utter a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark, often indicating pain
noun
  1. a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark
Derived Formsyelper, noun

Word Origin for yelp

Old English gielpan to boast; related to Low German galpen to croak, Danish gylpe to croak
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Word Origin and History for yelp
v.

Old English gelpan (Anglian), gielpan (West Saxon) "to boast," from Proto-Germanic *gelpanan (cf. Old Saxon galpon, Old Norse gjalpa "to yelp," Old Norse gjalp "boasting," Old High German gelph "outcry"), from PIE root *ghel- "to cry out" (see yell). Related: Yelped; yelping.

n.

Old English gielp "boasting," from source of yelp (v.). Meaning "quick, sharp bark or cry" is attested from c.1500.

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