1 of 2


yapped; yapping

intransitive verb

: to talk in a shrill insistent way : chatter
: to bark snappishly : yelp
yapper noun


2 of 2


: a quick sharp bark : yelp
: shrill insistent talk : chatter
: an unsophisticated, ignorant, or uncouth person : bumpkin
slang : mouth

Examples of yap in a Sentence

Verb The dog was yapping all night. Kids were yapping in the back of the room. She seems to spend all her time yapping on the phone. Noun I heard yaps coming from the yard. a dope with a talent for opening his yap at exactly the wrong moment
Recent Examples on the Web
Young and yapping Gen Z isn’t the first generation to yap. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 9 May 2024 Titan, a four-year-old miniature poodle, yapped in the quiet and the gloaming. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 8 Apr. 2024 Enough yapping about Embiid’s knee, Embiid’s surgeries, Embiid’s wounds, Embiid’s strife. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 27 Jan. 2024 For those familiar with their animation studios, Illumination immediately brings to mind the flood of yapping yellow pills known as the Minions. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The final studio superhero pic of the summer season goes up against Strays, Universal’s raunchy canine comedy. Strays, which hopes to yap its way to an opening in the mid-teens, earned $1.1 million in previews, including $275,000 from early-access screenings. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Aug. 2023 One woman reclined on a picnic table while two small dogs yapped at visitors. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 Booker yapped something and Doncic barked back and then got nose-to-nose with Booker. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2023 But whenever my big sister offered up a compliment, my heart yapped back like a tiny chihuahua. Rachael Cusick, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2023
No texting, no soda-sucking, and no chatter, save for a thoughtful yap every now and then. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2020 Nine also marks the band’s second album since the departure of DeLonge, whose utterly distinctive yap has been replaced by the more generic emo voice of Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2019 Some offer support via timely yaps, others by quiet companionship. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, 11 Sep. 2019 The source said Green sometimes personalizes his yaps at refs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2018 The perpetual disconnect between NBA refs and players has risen to a crisis level this season, in no small part because the best team can’t shut its yap and play ball. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2018

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Word History




First Known Use


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of yap was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Yap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yap. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
yapped; yapping
: to bark in yaps : yelp
: to talk sharply or continuously


2 of 2 noun
: a quick shrill bark : yelp

Geographical Definition


geographical name

ˈyap How to pronounce Yap (audio)
variants or Uap
islands in the western Carolines population 11,377

Note: The Yap Islands are part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

ya-ˈpēz How to pronounce Yap (audio)

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