\ 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



Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from yell


yeller noun

Synonyms for yell

Synonyms: Verb

howl, scream, screech, shriek, shrill, squall, squeal, yelp

Synonyms: Noun

cry, holler, hoot, howl, shout, whoop, yowl

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Examples of yell in a Sentence


We saw people yelling for help. I heard someone yelling my name. The crowd was yelling wildly.


the crowd gave a yell of approval
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Criminal damaging, Sylvan: After a woman’s visiting sister created problems by yelling and throwing things July 17, she was asked to leave the house. Joan Rusek,, "Police called for a snake in the garage and an unwanted insurance salesman: Russell Township, Ohio," 2 Aug. 2019 In between yells a trader might glance up at the main board, down at his dealing card or at his watch to see exactly how much time is left (the clock on the dealer board does not count seconds). The Economist, "The LME is Europe’s only surviving “open outcry” venue," 1 Aug. 2019 Witnesses told police that Garza honked, then exited his vehicle and started yelling at the driver of another car before opening fire. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man arrested for allegedly shooting man in face at Walgreens," 21 July 2019 Maddy yells at a detective before she’s cuffed to the desk. Ariana Romero,, "Thinking Through Euphoria Season 1, Episode 5: “'03 Bonnie and Clyde”," 15 July 2019 Disturbance: Lorain Road On July 12, an officer on patrol heard what sounded like a group of people yelling and fighting, then saw them in front of Reggie’s Saloon., "Man punches woman in face after road rage incident: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 17 July 2019 The strangers were reportedly yelling and taunting the two boys. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four men in a car followed, taunted and threatened two boys skateboarding in South Milwaukee, police say," 16 July 2019 So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set's final game. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "After slow start, Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina in Wimbledon semis," 11 July 2019 So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set’s final game. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kardashian West, 38, captured the yell on video, sharing it on her Instagram Story. Dave Quinn,, "Kim Kardashian's Son Saint West Hilariously Makes Seal Noises During Balboa Island Trip — Watch!," 8 Aug. 2019 Officers heard a man’s voice yell to the dog to be quiet. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: ‘Ritualistic Slayings’: Sharon Tate, Four Others Murdered," 28 July 2019 Finally, Scott heard a nurse yell for everyone to get out of the clinic. Mckenna Oxenden,, "2 dead, including gunman, in Baltimore methadone clinic shooting; wounded sergeant in serious but stable condition," 15 July 2019 As noninvasive cosmetic treatments become both more advanced and more accessible, the demand for fat-reduction procedures has crescendoed from a whisper to a yell. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "5 New Body-Contouring Procedures Plastic Surgeons Can't Stop Talking About," 9 July 2019 In one of many breathtaking acts, Slava Pereviazko balanced impossibly on a ladder, wobbled violently, and then regained control, to yells from children in the audience and thunderous applause. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo,’ flights of imagination in the afterlife," 20 June 2019 After his ninth strikeout, Parrish let out a yell easily detected by the stadium microphones. Mike Malloy,, "Drew Parrish helps FSU earn 1-0 win over Arkansas to open CWS," 15 June 2019 When the yell fills the room, Kidman’s Celeste looks horrified and her young sons are stunned into silence. Melissa Locker, Time, "Everyone Is Screaming for Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies Scream," 10 June 2019 Thorin, meanwhile, remained on his front porch and continued to wave his arms and yell. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Germantown man told police officers to 'come and get me' before firing a round with his pistol, complaint says," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of yell


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yell


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


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

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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



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


\ 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



Kids Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud call or cry : shout

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