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 Indian yogi Bikram Choudhury, 75, is the guru who brought the exhausting series of 26 yoga postures in a heated room to the U.S. He's known for yelling in class, singing to students and curing his followers' body ailments. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Why Bikram Yoga's founder is in hot water in a new Netflix documentary," 22 Nov. 2019 On the defensive end, Hopkins’ all-time steals leader (424) yells out the coverage from behind the play. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "For Hopkins’ basketball phenom Paige Bueckers, ‘The sky is the limit’," 22 Nov. 2019 Their mother attempted to stop the incident by yelling at them and placing the hazard lights on. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Pewaukee mom has been charged with child neglect after her adult son gave her teen daughter a concussion, complaint alleges," 15 Nov. 2019 With his coaches yelling at him to get away from a bouncing punt, Cameron Adams scooped it up anyway and returned it 40 yards for a score. Howard Schlossberg, azcentral, "Arizona high school football playoff roundup: Mountain View upsets Brophy in first round," 8 Nov. 2019 Roberts received a much longer sentence than a 50-year-old man who last month received 15 days in jail for yelling homophobic and racist slurs at two gay men, one an African American, and throwing one of them into a brick wall. oregonlive, "Portland restaurant worker yelled racist slurs at black customer, destroyed her phone, gets 1.5 years in jail," 8 Nov. 2019 When the officer began to investigate the crash, the man became belligerent by yelling, swearing at and spitting on the officer. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Two face prostitution charges: Westlake Police Blotter," 3 Nov. 2019 The officer yells for the shadowy figure to put up her hands and then immediately fires a shot. David French, National Review, "When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes," 14 Oct. 2019 Another woman accompanied the ex-employee and yelled and behaved disruptively, police said. Daily Pilot, "Two women, including ex-employee, are arrested after Costa Mesa restaurant is vandalized with bat, police say," 7 Oct. 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

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Yell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yelling. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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