- to give a quick, sharp, shrill cry, as a dog or fox.
- to call or cry out sharply: The boy yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot.
- to utter or express by or as if by yelping.
- a quick, sharp bark or cry.
Origin of yelp
Examples from the Web for yelper
Historical Examples of yelper
This to the yelper, while still holding the yapper well in hand.Pippin; A Wandering Flame
Laura E. Richards
Yelper, a town-crier; also one subject to complain or make a pitiful lamentation.
- (esp of a dog) to utter a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark, often indicating pain
- a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark
Word Origin for yelp
Old English gielp "boasting," from source of yelp (v.). Meaning "quick, sharp bark or cry" is attested from c.1500.
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.