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)

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

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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 Báez and Garrett continued to yell at each other from across the field, and Báez gave Garrett a middle finger salute when he was held by Moustakas. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 1 May 2021 Alanis allegedly did not heed those orders and continued to yell that he was being assaulted, leading to the officer unsuccessfully trying to tase him. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, 6 Mar. 2021 As police spoke with both, the man and the mother of his children continued to yell at each other. cleveland, 15 Jan. 2021 Aiming to never yell can be counterproductive, because repressing the negative emotion builds it up to explode. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Bachman said the van then went across the street, and a group of about 10 people with anti-Jewish signs used a bullhorn to yell antisemitic slurs and handed out flyers to drivers stopped at the traffic light. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, 10 May 2021 Jill Keeley-Besonen said her son has no sense of direction or how to yell for help. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2021 That time, Shen managed to angrily yell back a profanity. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 What was cool was being able to hear pitchers yell something to their catchers, or a fielder barking out to a teammate. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As his teammates ran toward him to celebrate, Curry grabbed his jersey, unleashed a primal yell, and pounded his chest with his fist. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 The Lakers center then let out a primal yell, flexed and mean-mugged. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 With the ban on guns now strictly enforced, what did the Math Olympiad official yell to start the competition? Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 After throwing down a vicious two-handed dunk and hanging on the rim, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson smacked his chest and unleashed a yell. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2021 There was José De León pumped his fist, let out a yell and ran off the mound after an inning-ending strikeout to strand two runners on base. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2021 Morrison let out a full-throated yell on the Gonzaga radio call as the Bulldogs’ undefeated season, and shot at a first NCAA championship, remained intact. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2021 Her third one, bounced on the front of the rim, tipped to backboard and fell in to put Arizona ahead 56-44 as McDonald clenched both fists and gave a yell. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021 Thompson isn’t prone to get in a teammate’s face and yell at them. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Yell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yell. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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
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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