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yelp

noun \ ˈyelp \

Definition of yelp

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

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Origin and Etymology of yelp


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yelp

verb

Definition of yelp

intransitive verb
:to utter a sharp quick shrill cry
  • dogs yelp
transitive verb
:to utter with a yelp

Examples of yelp in a Sentence

  1. The dog yelped in pain.

  2. yelped with surprise when everything fell off the closet shelf and onto his head

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Origin and Etymology of yelp

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

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YELP Defined for English Language Learners

yelp

verb

Definition of yelp for English Language Learners

  • : to make a quick, high cry or bark


YELP Defined for Kids

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yelp

noun \ ˈyelp \

Definition of yelp for Students

:a quick high-pitched bark or cry

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yelp

verb

Definition of yelp for Students

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


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