\ ˈyelp How to pronounce yelp (audio) \

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

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Examples of yelp in a Sentence

Verb 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 Before the first mile or yelp of any Slam quest, Budz said hunters must research and plan extensively. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The King of the Turkey Slam," 26 Jan. 2021 Once the first bird begins recalling with a yelp, cluck, or kee-kee, the game is on. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt a Wild Turkey for Your Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 The crack of the rifle was followed by a loud yelp. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year," 17 Nov. 2020 Lenker disrobed and dunked, letting out an ecstatic yelp. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Adrianne Lenker’s Radical Honesty," 12 Oct. 2020 My father’s sister, Sylvia, who lived in Togo and only visited on special occasions, shoved several twigs into the clay stove to turn up the heat and then scooted away with a yelp when sparks began to fly. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'His Only Wife' Is Marie Claire's October Book Club Pick," 28 Sep. 2020 Howard Dean’s Presidential aspirations are popularly remembered as falling apart after one misdeployed yelp. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Kimberly Guilfoyle’s High-Volume Trumpism at the Republican National Convention," 25 Aug. 2020 Rolfe fires his Taser and a yelp can be heard above the weapon’s electric crackle. Brynn Anderson, The Denver Post, "“Stop fighting!” Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly.," 14 June 2020 As for the potential winning putt on Sunday that Rahm referenced, that would be worth $1.35 million and surely a fist pump and a yelp, right? Dallas News, "PGA Tour’s return will bring unprecedented and unpredictable results at Charles Schwab Challenge," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are some people that just can't dance, some people that can't sing (even in the shower), and some people that can't cluck, cut, and yelp like a turkey. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The 2020 Turkey Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 The Frames get their Internet connection from your smartphone over Bluetooth, which sometimes flakes out, leaving Alexa to yelp that it is disconnected. Washington Post, "I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.," 4 Aug. 2020 His call-and-response to Fritz, the absurd blond Labradoodle next door who yelps from the window of the first floor of the pale yellow colonial. New York Times, "‘Drifts,’ by Kate Zambreno: An Excerpt," 19 May 2020 In the sky, a police helicopter yelped in celebration. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Parade with hundreds of cars salutes Mesa Mountain View grads," 17 May 2020 On a recent Friday evening, huddles of adults were exuberantly reliving childhood, yelping and hollering with joy on one of the busiest streets in Manhattan. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "There Are Glowing Seesaws in Midtown and New Yorkers Are Losing It," 28 Jan. 2020 Ward yelps in pain, groans and says something inaudible on the body camera footage. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Stella Chan, CNN, "California deputy on leave after violently removing carjacking victim from vehicle, sheriff says," 23 Dec. 2019 When tight end Cole Kmet, who faced bracket coverage much of the night, appeared to break into the clear early in the third quarter, Herbstreit yelped at Book during the replay. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Where does Notre Dame football go from here? Fighting Irish search for accountability," 29 Oct. 2019 Packs of preying coyotes will yelp to call a dog to come toward them to kill it. Janet Eastman,, "What to do about cougars in the neighborhood, skunks under the house, bats in the attic," 19 July 2019

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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

Verb and Noun

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

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3 Feb 2021

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“Yelp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yelp

: to make a quick, high cry or bark


\ ˈyelp How to pronounce yelp (audio) \

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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