yell

verb
\ˈyel \
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)

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

Verb

yeller noun

Synonyms for yell

Synonyms: Verb

bawl, bay, bellow, call, cry, holler, hollo (or halloo), roar, shout, sound off, thunder, vociferate

Synonyms: Noun

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

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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

After that, the woman continued yelling and pointing aggressively at the workers. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "She stole a Texas motel’s cash register. A large piece of wood was her weapon, video shows," 14 June 2018 New York state troopers arrested two people after a woman and her son reported that a group yelled racial slurs and forced their car off the road before damaging the woman’s car with baseball bats and cookware. Michael Harriot, The Root, "White Supremacist Hillbillies Attack Black Family With Baseball Bats and Frying Pan: Report," 18 May 2018 On my flt from SEA 2 ANC, a completely naked man ran from front of plane to back, yelling and waving. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Naked man runs down aisle of Alaska Airlines flight, passengers say," 15 May 2018 The fare woke up and began yelling and making racial slurs toward the driver. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Lyft driver calls police when passenger becomes violent: Independence Police Blotter," 14 May 2018 Jones is heard yelling for the officers to help him and describing blood coming from Kinnard's head. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Gilbert police releases video, details in shooting of sheriff's detention officer," 3 July 2018 Folks on The Eagle's patio could yell to guests on Krueger's patio. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "House-ground burgers, sausage planned at new Mass Ave. restaurant Krueger's Tavern," 19 June 2018 According to prosecutors, Paz yelled at the driver of a passing Ford Ranger to stop, then opened fire with his shotgun. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "He wrecked 2 trucks, threatened to kill 4 people. Now, he faces prison and deportation," 30 May 2018 Schifter yelled for help, but no one came — his house was out in the woods, and his nearest neighbors were likely fast asleep. Jessica Pressler, Daily Intelligencer, "The Tragic End to a Longtime Black-Car Driver’s Campaign Against Uber," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Beck’s guttural yell qualified as about the only moment of satisfaction for the Sox on a cold, damp day at Wrigley Field. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "These putrid White Sox should make you want to scream," 11 May 2018 Healy waved at a curveball in the dirt, stranding the runners and eliciting McCullers' patented fist pump and yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "7th-inning rally sends Astros past Mariners," 7 June 2018 Chase Headley slid into second base safely and, still kneeling on the bag, clapped his hands together and let out a yell. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Headley hits; Green upset with rules; Margot faces Yates," 18 Apr. 2018 That’s when Lindquist started to ‘‘yell and freak out,’’ Correa said. Meagan Flynn, BostonGlobe.com, "A son helped plan a ‘fake robbery’ of his father’s guns, police say. He and his parents ended up dead," 30 May 2018 In separate sessions, the athletes kicked the bag multiple times while producing a mighty, oomphing yell or remaining silent. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "To Boost Sports Performance (and Annoy Your Opponents), Grunt," 7 Mar. 2018 The entire dugout mirrors the symbol, as well, while letting out a loud yell. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For Whitnall softball, big bats and big laughs are at the center of success," 16 May 2018 When the decision was delivered, fireworks and yells could be heard and seen in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, two of the nation’s most important cities. Washington Post, "Brazil’s top court: Lula can be jailed for upheld conviction," 5 Apr. 2018 When the decision was delivered, fireworks and yells could be heard and seen in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, two of the nation’s most important cities. Peter Prengaman And Mauricio Savarese, USA TODAY, "Brazil ex-president da Silva can be jailed for corruption conviction, top court rules," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for yell

yell

verb

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

: a usually rhythmic shout or cheer used especially in schools or colleges to show support for sports teams

yell

verb
\ˈyel \
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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