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

Definition of yammer

intransitive verb

1a : to utter repeated cries of distress or sorrow
b : whimper
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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Examples of yammer in a Sentence

customers yammered on for what seemed like days about the billing mistake
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The North Koreans had largely let the South Koreans do the talking until Bolton started yammering on about Libya. Sean Illing, Vox, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Sep. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yammer. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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