yap

verb
\ ˈyap \
yapped; yapping

Definition of yap 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk in a shrill insistent way : chatter

2 : to bark snappishly : yelp

yap

noun

Definition of yap (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a quick sharp bark : yelp

b : shrill insistent talk : chatter

2 : an unsophisticated, ignorant, or uncouth person : bumpkin

3 slang : mouth

Yap

geographical name
\ ˈyap , ˈyäp \
variants: or Uap \ˈwäp \

Definition of Yap (Entry 3 of 3)

islands in the western Carolines population 11,377

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

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Other words from yap

Verb

yapper noun

Geographical name

Yapese \ya-ˈpēz, yä-, -ˈpēs \ adjective

Synonyms for yap

Synonyms: Noun

chops, kisser [slang], mouth, mug

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

How to use it: When your dog won’t stop yapping, give it something to chew on. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Kuipers scolded Neymar to stop yapping at him about uncalled fouls, then delivered a yellow card when Neymar slammed the ball with his hand after yet another didn’t go his way. Matthew Futterman And Victor Mather, New York Times, "Brazil Gets Its First Win, a Triumph of Grit More Than Style," 23 June 2018 Taylor just won two more awards ... her concert doing fine ... and Mandy ... still yapping away ... forever bitter .... Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's Next Album Could Be Coming Before the End of 2019," 20 May 2018 Wade then stood in front of Anderson, yapping at the Sixer. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers stick together in physical playoff series," 24 Apr. 2018 Both teams’ fans started chanting during the back-and-forth yapping between the players. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Jaren Jackson, Nick Ward benched for much of 2nd half," 3 Mar. 2018 But there is a particular satisfaction, in today’s snapping and yapping New York art world, in rediscovering this most stringent painter of all. Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich, Jason Farago, Martha Schwendener And Holland Cotter, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 1 Mar. 2018 Dogs of all colors and varieties yap from their crates. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Despite lots of barking and one bad bite, dogs still welcome at winter homeless shelter | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Feb. 2018 That appeared to motivate the point guard, who yapped after every big play. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers-Thunder observations: Russell Westbrook, Joel Embiid and late-game blunders," 29 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The source said Green sometimes personalizes his yaps at refs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Some fine tuning to keep the Warriors’ engine humming," 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, "Love ’em or hate ’em, Warriors swagger into All-Star break," 15 Feb. 2018 Twitter Facebook − + sawdustInmyeye mpls1981 • 4 months ago Shut your yapsee more 1 • Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Video captured Woodbury bus aide allegedly molesting 6 preschool girls," 9 Feb. 2017 But with half of Washington leaking to the other half, and with nobody in town including the president* able to keep their yaps shut, the whole government is throwing rods and leaking oil. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Here's What You Get When You Put Joe Lieberman in There," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of yap

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for yap

Verb

imitative

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Dictionary Entries near yap

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Yaoundé

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Yapman

yapock

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The first known use of yap was in 1596

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More Definitions for yap

yap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a dog : to bark in high, quick sounds

: to talk in a loud and annoying way

yap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dog's high, quick bark

yap

verb
\ ˈyap \
yapped; yapping

Kids Definition of yap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bark often continuously with quick high-pitched sounds

2 : to talk continuously and often loudly : chatter

yap

noun

Kids Definition of yap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick high-pitched bark

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