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yawp

verb \ˈyȯp\

Definition of yawp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a raucous noise :  squawk

  3. 2 :  clamor, complain

yawper noun


Examples of yawp in a sentence

  1. <stop yawping about your problems and try doing something to fix them>



Did You Know?

Yawp first appeared sometime in the 14th century. This verb comes from Middle English "yolpen," most likely itself derived from the past participle of yelpen, meaning "to boast," call out, or yelp. Interestingly, "yawp" retains much of the meaning of "yelpen," in that it implies a type of complaining which often has a yelping or squawking quality. An element of foolishness, in addition to the noisiness, is often implied as well. "Yawp" can also be a noun meaning "a raucous noise" or "squawk." The noun "yawp" arrived on the scene approximately 500 years after the verb. It was greatly popularized by "Song of Myself," a poem by Walt Whitman containing the line "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."

Variants of yawp

or yaup play \ˈyȯp\

Origin of yawp

Middle English yolpen


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with yawp


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yawp

noun

Definition of yawp

  1. 1 :  a raucous noise :  squawk

  2. 2 :  something suggestive of a raucous noise; specifically :  rough vigorous language



1824

First Known Use of yawp

1824

Variants of yawp

also yaup


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