\ 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

Other Words from yell


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In another, an opossum appears to yell at his tail in the grass. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 The man then started to yell at them, which was caught on video by one of his friends. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 Verburg appeared to yell at Peirce from the mound after the strikeout, and Peirce replied to him loudly. al, 11 June 2022 Votto appeared to yell at Wick, a fellow Canadian, and at the Cubs' dugout. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 26 May 2022 Every once in a while, a motorist would honk or yell encouragement. David Koenig, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Barry is depicted in a wide-eyed close up as disembodied voices yell at him to drop his gun. Selome Hailu, Variety, 15 June 2022 These are the managers who won’t yell or embarrass their people in front of their peers. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Feel free to turn off your brain and yell at the screen! Andrew Walsh,, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kelsey Mitchell’s yell of frustration reverberated throughout the mostly empty Hinkle Fieldhouse. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 24 July 2022 Karlstrom celebrated after finishing by lifting up Yamanishi in his arms and letting out a yell as Yamanishi smiled. oregonlive, 15 July 2022 With one swift motion the mustachioed Mayfield bites into the can, shotguns the beer, then lets out a guttural yell, fists raised in victory. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 6 July 2022 The pitcher did it herself, firing three consecutive strikes to retire Northwestern’s all-time home run leader, celebrating her most important strikeout of the night with a ferocious fist pump and yell. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 In the sixth inning, a baserunning blunder by Mike Yastrzemski led to an inning-ending double play on a flyout and Ashcraft celebrated with a fist pump and a yell. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 28 May 2022 People can't help themselves — even the same people that watch the show on TV and yell at players for doing what Drea did this week. Dalton Ross,, 12 May 2022 So, If anyone knows that city and that state, give a yell. Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 Aquino let out a yell after connecting on a 93-mph fastball at the top of the strike zone for his first homer of the season. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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