\ 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



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


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


yapper noun

Geographical name

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

Synonyms for yap

Synonyms: Noun

chops, gob [chiefly British], kisser [slang], mouth, mug, piehole [slang], trap [slang]

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Examples of yap in a Sentence


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.


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

The canine soldiers in Sacramento's booming marijuana wars snarl and yap inside their kennels at the Front Street Animal Shelter. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Marijuana guard dogs strain animal shelter as illegal pot grows rise in Sacramento," 27 June 2018 Before any baby boomers start yapping about how millennials are too sensitive, please take a class in sarcasm, then consider wrapping up a gag gift or two to the beloved millennials in your life to help them build a thicker skin this holiday season. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Monopoly For Millennials Is The Funniest, But Cruelest Game Of The Holiday Season," 19 Nov. 2018 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

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


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of yap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a dog : to bark in high, quick sounds
informal : to talk in a loud and annoying way



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

: a dog's high, quick bark


\ 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



Kids Definition of yap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick high-pitched bark

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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