\ 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

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

Some yelp with joy, others laugh nervously, a few get teary and more than a couple quiz him on Beatles minutiae. Jordan Runtagh,, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 The interplay between Nick’s lithe vocal and Joe’s angular yelp adds a hint of tension to the more upbeat songs and ardor to the slower ones, a contrast that was audible even with the screaming along of the fans in the Garden’s packed rafters. Maura Johnston,, "At TD Garden, Jonas Brothers play to their strengths," 18 Aug. 2019 The young man ejected a startled yelp and began to furiously paddle his long legs in the air, like a cartoon character. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Kinney’s relatable yelp and slacker-poet songs are the threads sewing it all together. Matt Wake |,, "Drivin N Cryin is still going ‘Straight to Hell’," 11 June 2019 Sadly, Roberto Alagna, as Samson, started out the night wobbly and stentorian, and despite some moments of ringing power, his tenor shredded audibly as the night progressed, concluding with a painful yelp. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Samson et Dalila’ and ‘Aida’ Reviews: A New Direction Takes a Familiar Course," 1 Oct. 2018 First is the addition of Collections, providing users with what the company (yelp, -0.79%) describes as an easier method to create and share itineraries. Rachel King, Fortune, "Yelp Adds Another Way to Help You Keep Tabs on Your Favorite Businesses," 24 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The dog being attacked was yelping in pain, his owner was punching the pit bull, trying to get it off his dog. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Horrifying San Francisco dog-on-dog attack on a crowded street," 3 July 2019 This valuable spectrum, controlled by private investors, has been tied up in a bureaucratic standoff for nearly a decade, ever since the global-positioning industry, which operates in nearby bands, began yelping about interference. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Is Airwave Nimbyism Holding Back 5G?," 7 Dec. 2018 Democrats also are yelping for Kavanaugh’s documents. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "How potential government shutdown could throw wrench into Brett Kavanaugh confirmation," 31 July 2018 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

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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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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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