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)

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

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Verb

yeller noun

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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 For several minutes, officers yell for Jackson to put his hands up and to drop the gun. NBC News, "Police body-camera video captures fatal shooting at Ohio hospital," 15 Apr. 2021 There’s an identifiable operator to get support from and to yell at if things go wrong. Richard Gendal Brown, Forbes, "The Convergence Of CeFi And DeFi: The Banks’ Big Opportunity," 27 Apr. 2021 People yell, and military vehicles rumble across the yard right under Crayton's balcony, leaving deep tracks in the mud. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "'It's absolutely terrorizing': Residents near Brooklyn Center unrest rattled by clashes, tear gas," 14 Apr. 2021 Malcolm Cawthorne, a history teacher and an administrator himself, didn’t yell in that Zoom meeting before 25 colleagues. BostonGlobe.com, "The exhaustion of being a Black teacher in a school when you’re one of too few educators of color," 1 Apr. 2021 Either way, examples of that sort of honoring somehow mixed in a little something special about a place where folks scream and yell and root and pour their hearts out for their team. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: RSL’s stadium name will end up with another corporate sponsor, but wouldn’t Nick Rimando Stadium be cooler?," 3 Mar. 2021 Center fielder Nick Senzel was shown on the TV cameras waving his arm for the crowd to yell louder. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Sonny Gray will make first start of season on Friday or Saturday," 14 Apr. 2021 Sometimes his parents just had to yell a little louder or wave a bit more frantically to reveal their spot. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA parents’ love penetrates the bubble in Indianapolis," 24 Mar. 2021 At the Cotelac store on Fillmore Street, people would yell at the two-person staff. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "These S.F. stores survived one year of the pandemic. Now they're closing permanently," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Lakers center then let out a primal yell, flexed and mean-mugged. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell thrives against Orlando after not playing in last game," 27 Apr. 2021 With the ban on guns now strictly enforced, what did the Math Olympiad official yell to start the competition? Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1433: Pranks for asking," 22 Apr. 2021 After throwing down a vicious two-handed dunk and hanging on the rim, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson smacked his chest and unleashed a yell. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Juan Toscano-Anderson has memorable night in Warriors' 4th straight win," 15 Apr. 2021 There was José De León pumped his fist, let out a yell and ran off the mound after an inning-ending strikeout to strand two runners on base. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds enjoy playing with emotion: 'Some bat flippin', show boatin', son of a guns'," 7 Apr. 2021 Morrison let out a full-throated yell on the Gonzaga radio call as the Bulldogs’ undefeated season, and shot at a first NCAA championship, remained intact. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Win some, lose some: Six buzzer-beaters during UCLA coach Mick Cronin’s two-year tenure," 4 Apr. 2021 Her third one, bounced on the front of the rim, tipped to backboard and fell in to put Arizona ahead 56-44 as McDonald clenched both fists and gave a yell. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, "Sweet 16: McDonald propels Arizona over Texas A&M 74-59," 27 Mar. 2021 Thompson isn’t prone to get in a teammate’s face and yell at them. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s Stephen and Ethan Thompson hope they can extend end of their family’s six-year run past Friday," 18 Mar. 2021 After hitting the final money ball to beat out Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. for his second career NBA 3-Point Contest title, Warriors guard Stephen Curry held his shooting motion for a moment before punching the air and unleashing a yell. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' Steph Curry showcases his clutch gene for 2nd 3-Point Contest title," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Yell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yell. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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
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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