\ ˈyap How to pronounce yap (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Yap (audio) , ˈyäp\
variants: or Uap \ ˈwäp How to pronounce Uap (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Yapese (audio) , 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

There were laughing vipers, yapping gargoyles, salamanders fanning the fire with their breath, and monsters that sneezed in the smoke. Ken Follett, Smithsonian, "A Hymn to Notre-Dame," 15 Apr. 2019 All of this suggests that your co-worker who won’t stop yapping about how keto will change your life might be completely right. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "Diet advice changes by the minute. How are we supposed to figure out what to eat?," 20 Aug. 2019 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 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 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 Wolff clearly seduced, weaseled, confused and finagled his sources to get them yapping. Michael Miner, Chicago Reader, "Criminal Justice / Media / News Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, and the question of when we get to say the hell with the rules," 11 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some offer support via timely yaps, others by quiet companionship. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "Flying with an emotional support animal may soon get a whole lot more difficult," 11 Sep. 2019 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 How to pronounce yap (audio) \
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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