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

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

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

This might explain why Musk is now yelling at various news outlets on Twitter. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk doesn’t respect the SEC, which is still investigating Tesla," 14 Dec. 2018 Seb Daly/Web Summit via Getty Images The whistleblower who sounded the alarm about Facebook’s data vulnerabilities in the 2016 election cycle isn’t done yelling — even on Election Day 2018. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "On Election Day, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower is blasting Facebook for still not doing enough," 6 Nov. 2018 Some guy shouts something after us in Georgian but no one pays these yelling onlookers any mind. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 Torpey acknowledged that the show stands on the shoulders of the Occupy movement, which yelled, marched, and camped under banners of startling statistics about student debt. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Jackson punched the basket stanchion and yelled an expletive. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Jaren Jackson Jr.'s weary Sunday caps fabulous NBA Summer League week," 9 July 2018 Imagine House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yelling over Jerry Blavat crooning from the stage while Mummers roamed the floor. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa. | Clout," 6 July 2018 So don’t feel some type of way when someone yells the n-word in the checkout lane in Whole Foods. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 The longer people continued, the more the crowd began to grumble, with some people yelling their dissent. Melissa Davlin, idahostatesman, "Republicans navigate intersection of traditional values, societal change and young voices," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the other voices are not enough, Smith pulls a hoarse yell from somewhere near his sternum and lathers out his judgment. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 Gaga/Ally's triumphant yell/howl of indistinguishable spelling in the song is also fodder for a great many memes. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 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

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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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