yell

verb
\ 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

yell

noun

Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 People can yell, fight, then make up and kiss three seconds later. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "13 Years In, Nico Tortorella and Bethany C. Meyers Have Finally Defined Their Relationship," 8 Nov. 2019 Anderson called for backup, and the student started yelling expletives at him, including the racial slur, Anderson said. Sheena Jones And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "An African American security guard asked a student to not call him the N-word. That request got him fired," 18 Oct. 2019 That’s when the driver became irate and started yelling at employees and technicians. John Benson, cleveland, "Cleveland couple cited for disorderly conduct at oil change business: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 9 Oct. 2019 Sardari’s lawsuit says the bus driver and passengers started yelling at him to get off the bus, which Sardari recorded on video. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Greyhound apologizes to Texas man who was kicked off bus," 8 Oct. 2019 The female who got cut off kept driving to a red light at the intersection when the man in the sedan started yelling at her before getting out of the car with a black semi-automatic handgun in his hand. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "Hammond police shoot woman in Chicago after pursuit; 3-year-old girl hurt in crash and 2 cops hospitalized," 5 Oct. 2019 The panel found Delashaw had intimidated subordinates by yelling and swearing at them, creating a climate where staff members were reluctant to ask the type of questions needed to properly care for patients. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Judge upholds restrictions on medical license of former Swedish Health neurosurgeon," 1 Oct. 2019 After kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn hit a 39-yard field goal with 1:54 left in the first quarter, Ramsey walked off the field frustrated and started yelling at multiple people on the Jaguars sideline, including Marrone. Jenna West, SI.com, "Doug Marrone Says Jalen Ramsey Will Play Thursday vs. Titans," 18 Sep. 2019 Workers there denied any knowledge of the accident and called the police when Stephen Salinas slipped inside the warehouse and started yelling at the shift manager. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "How Amazon Hooked America on Fast Delivery While Avoiding Responsibility for Crashes," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Toddlers are unlikely to understand the substance of the yell, and will only absorb the frustration, or fury, Gershoff explained. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Yes, it is OK to yell at your kids, if done the right way," 24 Sep. 2019 Upon his return to solid ground, Austin Hays let out a celebratory yell. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Austin Hays hits and robs a homer, but Orioles bullpen falls apart again as Blue Jays sweep with 8-4 victory," 20 Sep. 2019 According to the release, Pike and his older brother were playing on a trampoline when Pike heard a friend yell to him from a nearby house. Fox News, "Colorado boy, 8, injured in mountain lion attack describes encounter: 'I tried to get it in the eye'," 8 Sep. 2019 The next afternoon at Minute Maid Park, Thornton twirled 6 ⅔ innings of scoreless baseball, punctuating most of his massive moments with a large fist pump or audible yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take down Blue Jays in series opener," 30 Aug. 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian's Son Saint West Hilariously Makes Seal Noises During Balboa Island Trip — Watch!," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for yell

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The first known use of yell was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Yell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yelled. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for yell

yell

verb
How to pronounce yell (audio)

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

yell

verb
\ 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

yell

noun

Kids Definition of yell (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud call or cry : shout

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