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Examples of yawp in a sentence
stop yawping about your problems and try doing something to fix them
Did You Know?
Yawp first appeared sometime in the 14th century. This verb comes from Middle English "yolpen," most likely itself derived from the past participle of yelpen, meaning "to boast," call out, or yelp. Interestingly, "yawp" retains much of the meaning of "yelpen," in that it implies a type of complaining which often has a yelping or squawking quality. An element of foolishness, in addition to the noisiness, is often implied as well. "Yawp" can also be a noun meaning "a raucous noise" or "squawk." The noun "yawp" arrived on the scene approximately 500 years after the verb. It was greatly popularized by "Song of Myself," a poem by Walt Whitman containing the line "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."
Origin and Etymology of yawp
Middle English yolpen
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of yawp
1 : a raucous noise : squawk
2 : something suggestive of a raucous noise; specifically : rough vigorous language
First Known Use of yawp
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