EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object) 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. verb (used with object) to utter or express by or as if by yelping. noun 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 forms yelp·er, noun out·yelp, verb (used with object)
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gielpan to boast; related to Low German galpen to croak, Danish gylpe to croak
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Word Origin and History for yelper n.
gielp "boasting," from source of yelp (v.). Meaning "quick, sharp bark or cry" is attested from c.1500. v.
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.
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