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

The video depicts two officers arresting the teen while surrounded by teens and adults yelling in distress. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Teen arrested for allegedly selling water outside Philadelphia Zoo," 9 July 2018 Another officer who drove a shooting victim to a hospital is seen there yelling for help. Bruce Shipkowski, Fox News, "Footage: Cops tried to break up arts festival before gunfire," 28 June 2018 The veteran reliever earned his ejection by yelling in the umpire's face. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Before Darren O'Day's first career ejection, history repeats itself with umpire's balk call," 26 June 2018 The 24-year-old man and a witness went into the Clinton River to retrieve lures and garbage from the water, and shortly after, the victim began struggling and yelling for help, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "24-year-old man drowns in Clinton River in Pontiac," 25 June 2018 Guzman-Feliz yelled for help, the NYPD source says, and can be seen in video clinging to the door’s frame as the suspects attack him. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Video Shows Teen Being Dragged from NY Store and Stabbed with Machetes in 'Mistaken Identity' Killing," 25 June 2018 Sun Cities 4 Paws Daisy: A bubbly Chihuahua (Photo: Arizona Humane Society) Lethargic, unable to move or stand and yelling out in pain anytime she was touched, Daisy was in horrible agony when her owner surrendered her to the Arizona Humane Society. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 As long as there have been personal computers, there have been people yelling at them. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Cops found robbed man yelling in his underwear. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Sex toys and creepy mail came for 10 years. It was an ex-classmate with a grudge, N.J. cops say," 12 June 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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