\ 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

The store proprietor was rescued by his 13-year-old son, who heard his father yelling for help and came out with a bat to scare the attacker off. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A Central Valley man’s lifelong quest to build his own Chicano library," 22 Aug. 2019 While the male candidates have happily bickered, interrupted, and yelled over each other two nights in a row, the women have had to toe the line between being firm and coming off as rude. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "The Key Moments From The Second Presidential Primary Debate," 28 June 2019 The suspects allegedly yelled racial slurs during the incident, leading the victim to believe his race was a motivating factor, Johansen said. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "San Bruno: 3 arrested on hate crime, kidnapping charges," 23 Aug. 2019 David yells at the former drug dealer during an argument. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Rare Show That Explores the Nuances of Black Boyhood," 22 Aug. 2019 Jenkins found her in the back of the home and started yelling at her, according to witness statements. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Pregnant mother killed by man after weeks of harassment and abuse, police say," 21 Aug. 2019 Kelly, who is black, also said Drejka, who is white, yelled racial slurs at him. Eric Levenson, CNN, "'Stand Your Ground' manslaughter trial begins today in killing over handicap parking spot," 19 Aug. 2019 Martin dropped the hatchet after being hit and ran away after, made his way to the apartments, yelled at officers and appeared to have been shot while running away, the witness said., "Man fatally shot by Portland police was likely in mental health crisis, family says," 6 Aug. 2019 Some jacket-less faithfuls in the crowd yelled out to Frampton. John Leyba, The Know, "PHOTOS: Peter Frampton’s farewell tour sells out Red Rocks," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And while the forest was burning, hundreds and thousands of living creatures, uttering frightful yells, began to run about in all directions. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 Both whispers and yells of excitement filled the air, making South Milwaukee’s downtown feel like one of the arenas where the Crusher would perform. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bronze Crusher statue revealed at South Milwaukee's Crusherfest; daughter says it's 'the best possible image' of him," 8 June 2019 James Van Der Beek Shares Cute Photo of All Five of His Kids in Bed The screen then flashes to footage of his children, which prompts the youngsters to erupt into laughter and joyful yells. Joelle Goldstein,, "James Van Der Beek Shares Adorable Video of His 5 Kids Cheering for His DWTS Announcement," 21 Aug. 2019 Kardashian West, 38, captured the yell on video, sharing it on her Instagram Story. Dave Quinn,, "Kim Kardashian's Son Saint West Hilariously Makes Seal Noises During Balboa Island Trip — Watch!," 8 Aug. 2019 Officers heard a man’s voice yell to the dog to be quiet. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: ‘Ritualistic Slayings’: Sharon Tate, Four Others Murdered," 28 July 2019 Finally, Scott heard a nurse yell for everyone to get out of the clinic. Mckenna Oxenden,, "2 dead, including gunman, in Baltimore methadone clinic shooting; wounded sergeant in serious but stable condition," 15 July 2019 As noninvasive cosmetic treatments become both more advanced and more accessible, the demand for fat-reduction procedures has crescendoed from a whisper to a yell. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "5 New Body-Contouring Procedures Plastic Surgeons Can't Stop Talking About," 9 July 2019 In one of many breathtaking acts, Slava Pereviazko balanced impossibly on a ladder, wobbled violently, and then regained control, to yells from children in the audience and thunderous applause. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo,’ flights of imagination in the afterlife," 20 June 2019

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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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