verb (used without object), yipped, yip·ping.

to bark sharply, as a young dog.


a sharp bark; yelp.

Origin of yip

1400–50; late Middle English yippe, perhaps alteration of yilpe yelp
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Historical Examples of yips

  • On the second day the Yips began to wish they had not embarked on this adventure.

  • Cayke was not satisfied, but the other Yips seemed to approve the plan highly.

  • The piercing "yips" of cowboys meant nothing but an excess of spirits.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart

  • She heard the shrieks and yips of the Indians in the yard of the trading post.


    Robert Shea

  • No one else is able to make such good cookies as I have cooked, as you and all the Yips know.

British Dictionary definitions for yips


pl n

the yips informal (in sport, originally esp golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance

Word Origin for yips

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yips


1903, possibly from dialectal yip "to cheep like a bird" (early 19c.), from Middle English yippen (mid-15c.), of imitative origin.

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