\ˈyelp \

Definition of yelp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a sharp shrill bark or cry (as of a dog or turkey) also : squeal


yelped; yelping; yelps

Definition of yelp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to utter a sharp quick shrill cry dogs yelp

transitive verb

: to utter with a yelp

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Synonyms for yelp

Synonyms: Verb

howl, scream, screech, shriek, shrill, squall, squeal, yell

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Examples of yelp in a Sentence


The dog yelped in pain. yelped with surprise when everything fell off the closet shelf and onto his head

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of us do not relish the sight of the scuttling creatures and are more inclined to leap away with a yelp of disgust than to crouch down and admire them up close. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: All Creatures Great and Small," 8 June 2018 Timothy Manley then punched the dog with a closed fist, causing it to yelp, the report said. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Reports: Man punches pregnant woman, service dog on Frontier flight to Orlando," 18 May 2018 White then came outside with a club and swung it at Stepp and her dog, causing the animal to yelp and leaving a mark on Stepp’s back, according to the report. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Woman arrested after beating neighbor's dog with club: report," 24 May 2018 In an adjacent locker room with her Cleveland teammates, each yelp pumped the senior guard up more and more. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "Cleveland uses back-to-back upsets to claim Metro League girls basketball title," 9 Feb. 2018 Valentich later heard a bark and a yelp before Champ returned. Tod Palmer, Matt Campbell And Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "After meeting injured Cass County K-9, Greitens announces support for ‘Champ’s Law’ | The Kansas City Star," 24 Jan. 2018 Nick Mione said Max misses Madie and cries and yelps in her absence. Erika Pesantes,, "One dog dead, another hurt, after someone shoots golden retrievers," 22 Dec. 2017 The deputy lost sight of them both but then heard a bark and a yelp, and Champ soon returned. Matt Campbell And Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Cass County K9 Champ stabbed in the neck while on duty | The Kansas City Star," 12 Dec. 2017 Images of white plastic hands (and futuristic gold ones, and a few human ones) crop up several times as the music shifts from downbeat future funk to mournful acoustic blues, wild yelps and meditative piano passages. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Jack White Teases Next Album with Head-Spinning 'Boarding House Reach' Video: Watch," 12 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Excited by the prospect of going for a walk, Harper, my 10-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel, sprang down the hall, then skidded to a halt, yelping in pain. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "A painful truth: One-fifth of dogs, many cats develop osteoarthritis," 30 May 2018 Timothy Manley punched the service dog, Zariel, and caused it to yelp. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Pregnant woman and service dog punched in airplane scuffle in Orlando," 18 May 2018 Timothy Manley punched the service dog, Zariel, and caused it to yelp. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnant woman and service dog punched on Frontier flight in Florida," 18 May 2018 Riding in a car a few hundred yards in front of the church bus, Lisa Sturgeon of Turners Station, Ky., yelped as the Toyota's headlights loomed in the windshield. The Courier-Journal, "Archives: Courier Journal's initial 1988 report on the Carrollton bus crash," 14 May 2018 Sam yelps, drops her shiny, silver vibrator, and demands to know why Joelle wasn't still at study group (study group was an hour ago and Sam had apparently been at it for a while). Kasandra Brabaw,, "Yes, Pre-Bating Is A Real Thing & It Actually Works," 8 May 2018 Judging from some of the crazed groans and yelps heard at Tuesday’s screening, well …. Michael Phillips,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' review: Marvel's semi-infinite jest, capped by a sucker punch," 24 Apr. 2018 The new safety netting, extended past the dugouts, didn't seem to bother anyone, though some baseball purists are sure to yelp. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Dodgers fans are so over last year's disappointment. Well, mostly," 30 Mar. 2018 Soon, that silence was pierced by the barking and yelping canine officers. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For Deputy Jacob Pickett, a memorial almost too big to comprehend," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of yelp


1501, in the meaning defined above


1553, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for yelp


yelp entry 2


Middle English, to boast, cry out, from Old English gielpan to boast, exult; akin to Old High German gelph outcry

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English Language Learners Definition of yelp

: to make a quick, high cry or bark


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Kids Definition of yelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quick high-pitched bark or cry


yelped; yelping

Kids Definition of yelp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a quick high-pitched bark or cry A dog was yelping in pain.

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to express warning or disapproval

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