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

Definition of yammer

intransitive verb

1a : to utter repeated cries of distress or sorrow
2 : to utter persistent complaints : whine
3 : to talk persistently or volubly and often loudly caused the purists to yammer for censorship— D. W. Maurer

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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 Where are all the hanging geraniums? Kids yammering for ice cream? Sue Hertz, BostonGlobe.com, "Learning to roll with Canadian June," 25 Apr. 2018 There was already enough finger-pointing, yammering about bad people doing bad things. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Jeff Bridges talks about the Dude, the planet, and whatever else crosses his mind," 29 Mar. 2018 The North Koreans had largely let the South Koreans do the talking until Bolton started yammering on about Libya. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump just canceled the North Korea summit. 9 experts explain what happens now.," 24 May 2018 The president yammered about several topics, including his ties to Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and Kanye West’s recent pro-Trump tweets. Laura Bradley, HWD, "A Giddy Seth Meyers Recaps Trump’s Fox & Friends Meltdown: “Look at Those Faces!”," 27 Apr. 2018 In other words, the event all those Y2K conspiracy theorists were yammering about 18 years ago has finally happened, and we're all doomed. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Katy Perry and Karlie Kloss Hung Out Together, So Obviously the Apocalypse Is Near," 8 Feb. 2018 There was still a really strong turnout, but on the periphery, people were yammering and there was a steady flow of people exiting throughout. Robert Morast, Houston Chronicle, "Day for Night exit survey: Houston love and midnight dance moves," 18 Dec. 2017 View 0 Photos View 0 Photos What's with all you enthusiasts here yammering on about wagons? Marc Urbano, Car and Driver, "2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43 vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon," 21 Sep. 2017 With a team whose president won’t stop yammering about his 1990s offense and with a superstar whose showcase instincts are still to wave teammates out of the way to go one-on-one? Harvey Araton, New York Times, "For Knicks, Professionalism Was Missing Way Before Derrick Rose Was," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of yammer

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

History and Etymology for yammer

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

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“Yammer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yammer. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yammer

informal : to talk in an annoying way usually for a long time

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