\ 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 Yap (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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yapper noun

Geographical name

Yapese \ ya-​ˈpēz How to pronounce Yap (audio) , yä-​ , -​ˈpēs \ adjective

Synonyms for yap

Synonyms: Noun

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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 They yap and annoy you and run around in circles endlessly. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Buy a Hunting Dog that Suits You (and No One Else)," 24 Nov. 2020 And dogs have been known to yap and masticate their displeasure. Washington Post, "Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service," 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, "Bezos Takes Back the Wheel at Amazon," 22 Apr. 2020 The feisty players took turns yapping at each other and officials. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Clippers, Rockets rivalry turning into a heated, heavyweight bout," 20 Dec. 2019 Poole animatedly exulted, and yapped, all the way back downcourt. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors rookie Jordan Poole tries to tap into his lifelong swagger," 27 Nov. 2019 As for the Tigers’ early yapping in the budding SEC West rivalry? Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "A&M content to listen to LSU’s talk," 25 Nov. 2019 While modern socialists yap on about free college, paid for by other people’s money, his money is actually providing free college. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Candi CdeBaca should give Daniels Fund back its money," 22 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No texting, no soda-sucking, and no chatter, save for a thoughtful yap every now and then. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Watching “The Call of the Wild” with an Audience of Dogs," 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, "Blink-182’s Secret Seriousness," 20 Sep. 2019 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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“Yap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yap. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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