yell

verb
\ ˈyel How to pronounce yell (audio) \
yelled; yelling; yells

Definition of yell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a loud cry, scream, or shout
2 : to give a cheer usually in unison

transitive verb

: to utter or declare with or as if with a yell : shout

yell

noun

Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a usually rhythmic cheer used especially in schools or colleges to encourage athletic teams

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Other Words from yell

Verb

yeller noun

Synonyms for yell

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of yell in a Sentence

Verb We saw people yelling for help. I heard someone yelling my name. The crowd was yelling wildly. Noun the crowd gave a yell of approval
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The man then rolls onto his back and throws what appears to be his bag away from him before lying back on the grass with his arms above his head as officers yell at him to get down. Kelli Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Man shot by Cook County sheriff’s deputy charged with assault, gun possession," 4 Sep. 2020 When the victim fell to the ground, Jackson continued to yell racist slurs at him. oregonlive, "Portland man charged with bias crime after allegedly assaulting, yelling racist slurs at neighbor," 27 Aug. 2020 Police said Mishler unsuccessfully attempted to strike a woman in the group and continued to yell profanities at the group and police before being brought to the ground and handcuffed. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Middletown woman charged after allegedly spitting blood on two police officers," 20 Aug. 2020 In the video, Mr. Blake is in a white tank top and black shorts walking away from several officers with weapons drawn as bystanders yell in the background. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Jacob Blake Shooting: What Happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin?," 25 Aug. 2020 The Tavern was at the center of protests earlier this summer, when prominent Madison activist Yeshua Musa was arrested there after using a bullhorn to yell at patrons inside the restaurant. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha police shooting updates: Additional National Guard presence sent to Kenosha by Gov. Evers," 25 Aug. 2020 The video, which appears to have been taken from across the street, shows the man walking around an SUV as police yell at him with weapons drawn, with one officer closely following him. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Police in Wisconsin shoot Black man in back multiple times, sparking protests," 24 Aug. 2020 Suddenly, two Joe Biden supporters began to yell political epithets at my child. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Police arrest and charge two women seen in video stealing boy's 'MAGA' hat and tearing up posters," 23 Aug. 2020 Olson started to yell and try to rock the car to get the woman’s attention. jsonline.com, "A nurse survived a brutal attack in a Chicago hospital parking lot. Decades later, she still feels the pain and trauma.," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pillar homered over the Monster in the fourth, letting out a brief yell after the crack of the bat. Ken Powtak, Star Tribune, "Bogaerts' 3-run HR and bullpen carry Red Sox past Nats, 5-3," 29 Aug. 2020 Most drownings are also silent, as children are face down, taking on water and can’t roll over or yell, Martyak said. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Family shares story of boy’s drowning in hopes of helping others," 9 July 2020 The first few weeks saw a similar standoff each night: Protesters would cluster at the fence and yell for the defunding of the police department. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 The class went from a quiet space of soothing stretches, to resembling a battle arena with a soundtrack of blood-curdling yells. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "From rowing to kendo: Why I learn new sports on trips and you should, too," 31 Dec. 2019 Articles often highlight when female CEOs curse, yell and show anger or bawdiness, because the shock value is higher than when male CEOs demonstrate these behaviours. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "The Dream Of The Perfect Female Founder Is Dead — But That’s Okay," 13 Mar. 2020 Bauer let out a yell to celebrate the out as Barnhart, the catcher, pumped his fist. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Eugenio Suárez blasts 2 home runs in Cincinnati Reds win, tied for MLB lead," 16 Sep. 2019 Chin’s first poem is a polemic against President Donald Trump, which elicits yells of support along with sharp laughs and applause. Abigail Abrams, Time, "'We Are Grabbing Our Own Microphones': How Advocates of Reproductive Justice Stepped Into the Spotlight," 21 Nov. 2019 At the work site, workers heard Knight yell for help. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Florida man kills pro-Trump boss after political argument, deputies say," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of yell

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yell

Verb

Middle English yellen, going back to Old English giellan, gyllan, going back to Germanic *gellan- (whence also Old High German kellen, gellen "to make a shrill sound," Old Norse gjalla "to scream"), perhaps a back-formation from *gullōn-, iterative derivative of *galan- "to sing, cry" — more at nightingale

Noun

Middle English yel, yelle, derivative of yellen "to yell entry 1"

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Time Traveler for yell

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The first known use of yell was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

10 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Yell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yell. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for yell

yell

verb
How to pronounce yell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say (something) very loudly especially because you are angry, surprised, or are trying to get someone's attention
: to make a sudden, loud cry

yell

noun

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

: a sudden, loud cry
US : a usually rhythmic shout or cheer used especially in schools or colleges to show support for sports teams

yell

verb
\ ˈyel How to pronounce yell (audio) \
yelled; yelling

Kids Definition of yell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak, call, or cry out loudly (as in anger or to get someone's attention) I yelled goodbye from the door on my way out, but Mom didn't even hear me.— R. J. Palacio, Wonder

yell

noun

Kids Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud call or cry : shout

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