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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.

  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.

Other words from yelp

  • yelper, noun
  • outyelp, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use yelp in a sentence

  • Little Sweeny, finding that his mule was being crowded by an Apache's horse, uttered some indignant yelps.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Suddenly three or four quick, sharp yelps brought my gun to the "ready," and the hammers clicked as a burst of music followed.

  • I muttered, dragging the dog to the shore, where his yelps brought the professor hurrying.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for yelp


/ (jɛlp) /

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

  1. a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark

Origin of yelp

Old English gielpan to boast; related to Low German galpen to croak, Danish gylpe to croak

Derived forms of yelp

  • yelper, noun

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