yam·​mer ˈya-mər How to pronounce yammer (audio)
yammered; yammering ˈya-mə-riŋ How to pronounce yammer (audio)

intransitive verb

: to utter repeated cries of distress or sorrow
: to utter persistent complaints : whine
: to talk persistently or volubly and often loudly
caused the purists to yammer for censorshipD. W. Maurer
yammer noun

Examples of yammer in a Sentence

customers yammered on for what seemed like days about the billing mistake
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan yammers away on the IG, recording every belch of a thought. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2023 Carlson yammered on about the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to free speech. Bill Goodykoontz, USA TODAY, 10 May 2023 Maybe that’s because the people the request was directed to were too busy yammering to actually hear it. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2023 So the easiest course is to yammer on about Hitler while the single female professional down the street takes her own reproductive chocies into her own hands (so to speak). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2013 Abandoned on my own private Exile Island without a recap in which to yammer on endlessly about trivial matters that are of no real importance whatsoever. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Only in a minority of cases did one partner want to yammer on whereas the other wished to cut things off. Cathleen O’Grady, Science | AAAS, 1 Mar. 2021 Where are all the hanging geraniums? Kids yammering for ice cream? Sue Hertz, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2018 There was already enough finger-pointing, yammering about bad people doing bad things. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Middle English yameren, alteration of yomeren to murmur, be sad, from Old English gēomrian; akin to Old High German jāmaron to be sad

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of yammer was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Yammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yammer. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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yam·​mer ˈyam-ər How to pronounce yammer (audio)
yammered; yammering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce yammer (audio)
: to utter repeated cries of sorrow, distress, or complaint
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