yelp

noun
\ 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

yelp

verb
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: 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 One gobbler may show little interest in a seductive yelp or purr, no matter how sweet the music. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Spring turkey hunting: Everything you need to know, including season dates, hotspots and the freeze," 26 Mar. 2021 American yelp was what kept Gian interested, kept him reading when others might have stopped. Christian Lorentzen, Vulture, "On Giancarlo DiTrapano, 1974 to 2021," 5 Apr. 2021 And Ernie would emit a great big yawn, or a yelp, or a prolonged, chirruping cry. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, "The Crow Whisperer," 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, "I Love Hunting in Texas. Why Don’t You?," 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, "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 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, oregonlive.com, "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

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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28 Apr 2021

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“Yelp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yelp. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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yelp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yelp

: to make a quick, high cry or bark

yelp

noun
\ ˈyelp How to pronounce yelp (audio) \

Kids Definition of yelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quick high-pitched bark or cry

yelp

verb
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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