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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Definitions for yawp

  1. to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
  2. Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.
  3. a harsh cry.

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Citations for yawp
Two weeks while the lawyers were left like hounds to yawp over what counted as admissible evidence and what was mere gambit and divide, desperate countermeasures. Edie Meidav, Crawl Space, 2006
You don't yawp to God. Bach doesn't yawp to God Marc Estrin, Golem Song, 2006
Origin of yawp
Yawp is a very old English word. It entered English in the 1300s and comes from the Middle English word yolpen. It is related to the word yelp. Walt Whitman popularized the noun sense of the word in his book Song of Myself.