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The Collaborative Dictionary

Yelp \Yelp\, n. A sharp, quick cry; a bark. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Yelp \Yelp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yelped; p. pr. & vb. n. Yelping.] [OE. yelpen, [yogh]elpen, to boast, boast noisily, AS. gielpan, gilpan, gylpan; akin to OHG. gelph arrogant: cf. Icel. gj[=a]lpa to yelp. Cf. Yap.] [1913 Webster]
To boast. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I keep [care] not of armes for to yelpe. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
To utter a sharp, quick cry, as a hound; to bark shrilly with eagerness, pain, or fear; to yaup. [1913 Webster] A little herd of England's timorous deer, Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs? --Shak. [1913 Webster] At the least flourish of a broomstick or ladle, he would fly to the door with a yelping precipitation. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

yelp n : a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog) [syn: yelping] v : bark in a high-pitched tone; "the puppies yelped" [syn: yip, yap]

Moby Thesaurus

air a grievance, bark, battle cry, bawl, bay, beef, bell, bellow, bellyache, bitch, blare, blat, blate, bleat, blubber, boom, bray, breathe, buzz, cackle, call, caterwaul, chant, cheer, chirp, clamor, complain, coo, crab, croak, crow, cry, drawl, exclaim, flute, fret, fret and fume, fuss, gasp, give tongue, give voice, gripe, groan, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grunt, hail, halloo, hiss, holler, hollo, hoot, howl, hurrah, keen, kick, lilt, lodge a complaint, low, meow, mew, mewl, miaow, moo, mumble, murmur, mutter, neigh, nicker, pant, pipe, pule, raise a howl, rallying cry, register a complaint, roar, rumble, screak, scream, screech, shout, shriek, sibilate, sigh, sing, snap, snarl, snort, sob, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, take on, thunder, troat, trumpet, twang, ululate, wail, war cry, war whoop, warble, whicker, whine, whinny, whisper, whoop, yammer, yap, yawl, yawp, yell, yip, yo-ho, yowl


Etymology 1

Old English ġielp


  1. An abrupt, high-pitched noise or utterance.
    The puppy let out a yelp when I stepped on her tail.


Etymology 2

Old English ġielpan


  1. To utter an abrupt, high-pitched noise.
    The children yelped with delight as they played in the cold water.


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