\ 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

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 Taj made a childish yelp, paddled back out, and the two traded three-foot tubes for the next hour. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 13 Dec. 2021 The distinctive yelp of R&B singer Holloway is pronounced throughout this chugging hit. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Dirty Honey is built from LaBelle’s soulful yelp and the lean electric ruckus guitarist John Notto, drummer Corey Coverstone and bassist Justin Smolian kick up. Matt Wake |, al, 1 June 2021 One gobbler may show little interest in a seductive yelp or purr, no matter how sweet the music. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 26 Mar. 2021 American yelp was what kept Gian interested, kept him reading when others might have stopped. Christian Lorentzen, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2021 And Ernie would emit a great big yawn, or a yelp, or a prolonged, chirruping cry. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 But then a flock of turkeys begins to tree-yelp and soon the woods around us are alive with a massive bachelor group of gobblers. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 Before the first mile or yelp of any Slam quest, Budz said hunters must research and plan extensively. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, 26 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 19 May 2020 In the sky, a police helicopter yelped in celebration. Lily Altavena, azcentral, 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, 28 Jan. 2020 Ward yelps in pain, groans and says something inaudible on the body camera footage. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Stella Chan, CNN, 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, 29 Oct. 2019 Packs of preying coyotes will yelp to call a dog to come toward them to kill it. Janet Eastman,, 19 July 2019 See More

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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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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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