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yell

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verb \ ˈyel \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of yell

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

yeller

noun

Examples of yell in a Sentence

  1. We saw people yelling for help.

  2. I heard someone yelling my name.

  3. The crowd was yelling wildly.

Recent Examples of yell from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

yell Synonyms


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yell

noun

Definition of yell

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

Examples of yell in a Sentence

  1. the crowd gave a yell of approval

Recent Examples of yell from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of yell

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



YELL Defined for English Language Learners

yell

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verb

Definition of yell for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of yell for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, loud cry

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


YELL Defined for Kids

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yell

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verb \ ˈyel \

Definition of yell for Students

yelled; yelling
: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

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yell

noun

Definition of yell for Students

:a loud call or cry :shout


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