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

Example Sentences

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
Birds swoop beneath the basket, and confused dogs yap up at it. Kate Maxwell, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Jan. 2022 But choosing a breed that's less likely to yap at every stimuli can set you up for success, too. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 They yap and annoy you and run around in circles endlessly. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 24 Nov. 2020 And dogs have been known to yap and masticate their displeasure. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2020 The photo gave a glimpse of Mr. Bezos’ puppy, which sometimes yaps during calls, and the Saltillo tile at his West Texas ranch. Karen Weise, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2020 The feisty players took turns yapping at each other and officials. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2019 Poole animatedly exulted, and yapped, all the way back downcourt. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, 27 Nov. 2019 As for the Tigers’ early yapping in the budding SEC West rivalry? Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, 25 Nov. 2019
Energetic puppies wrestle and yap while others nap with their tiny paws up against display windows at the Dallas Petland store, which can feature between 50 and 60 of them at a time. Dallas News, 9 May 2022 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 More Stories Nine also marks the band’s second album since the departure of DeLonge, whose utterly distinctive yap has been replaced by the more generic emo voice of Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.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 Twitter Facebook − + sawdustInmyeye mpls1981 • 4 months ago Shut your yapsee more 1 • Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, 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, 19 May 2017 See More

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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 30 Jan. 2023.

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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