\ 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

And after a fly ball to center field for the first out in the bottom of the sixth, Welke turned and yelled toward the Padres dugout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Machado, Green ejected; Padres lose to Rockies," 16 June 2019 Guzman-Feliz yelled for help, an N.Y.C. police source previously told PEOPLE, and he can be seen on video clinging to the doorframe amid the assault. Laura Barcella,, "Five Found Guilty of Dragging 15-Year-Old Boy From Bronx Store, Stabbing Him to Death With Machete," 14 June 2019 Anyone who needed a helmet, mask, or umbrella would yell to the sky. Alice Su,, "A new kind of Hong Kong activism emerges as protesters mobilize without any leaders," 14 June 2019 On Oracle Arena’s last night after nearly a half-century as Golden State’s home, fans were so raucous that, minutes after Durant’s tribute, Toronto assistant coach Jamaal Magloire tried to reach his players by yelling through a cup. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ season over: Klay Thompson tears ACL in Game 6 loss to Raptors," 14 June 2019 The officer drew his gun and yelled for Hefner to stop., "Woman accused of fleeing police in stolen Subaru, crashing into box truck pleads not guilty to 24 charges," 12 June 2019 The children were unremarkable, too: an older girl already drawing away from the family, buffered by an invisible wall of brooding solitude; a younger boy who yelled with excitement at nearly everything that happened in this new, fascinating place. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 Johnny stands athwart this situation, yelling Stop. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Anti–Me Too Play — from a Surprising Perspective, and from the 1980s," 7 June 2019 What drowning looks like In the movies, Westberg said, drowning victims typically flail and yell for help. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Just because you know how to swim doesn't mean you know how to survive drowning," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When Gallo's swing completed and the baseball smacked Tim Federowicz's mitt, Cole unleashed a powerful yell, ending such a frustrating night with a flurry. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros overcome 4-run deficit to defeat Rangers in 10 innings," 4 July 2018 Five minutes later, NFL Network’s Scott Hanson, who was hosting the pregame entertainment, challenged each fan base to cheer, and the Eagles clearly drew the loudest yells. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia Eagles hold numbers advantage in Super Bowl LII crowd," 4 Feb. 2018 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,, "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,, "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,, "A son helped plan a ‘fake robbery’ of his father’s guns, police say. He and his parents ended up dead," 30 May 2018

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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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