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[yam-er] /ˈyæm ər/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to whine or complain.
to make an outcry or clamor.
to talk loudly and persistently.
verb (used with object)
to utter clamorously, persistently, or in complaint:
They yammered their complaints until she let them see the movie.
the act or noise of yammering.
Origin of yammer
1275-1325; Middle English yameren (v.) < Middle Dutch jam(m)eren, replacing Middle English yomeren, Old English gēomrian to complain, derivative of gēomor sad; akin to German Jammer lamentation
Related forms
yammerer, noun
yammeringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yammer
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  • "I'd loike to ha' th' first yammer at him," he had said, savagely.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • If Miss Ross is no feared for her teeth, sighed Mrs. yammer.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Mrs. yammer crossed her hands languidly upon her lap and sighed.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Mrs. yammer, in a much-suffering plaintive voice, immediately began to tell Anne of the palpitations of her heart.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Ye see, said Mrs. yammer, following up briskly her unwonted independent movement, we get it atween us.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Miss Ross, said Mrs. yammer, dolorously, I hope yell use the means and get right advice in time.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • It was as if yammer's face showed in the water into which he thrust the paddle.

    Sinister Paradise Robert Moore Williams
  • The yammer of the gun snapped him into action and sent his eyes darting to the cowled nose of the Arado.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • To call this little person Mrs. anything, was palpably absurd; yet they had asked for Mrs. yammer.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • The tank guns had gone silent, but the yammer of a machine gun took up the song.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for yammer


to utter or whine in a complaining or peevish manner
to make (a complaint) loudly or persistently
(intransitive) (esp of an animal) to howl or wail plaintively or distressingly; yelp or yowl
a yammering sound, wail, or utterance
nonsense; jabber
Derived Forms
yammerer, noun
Word Origin
Old English geōmrian to grumble, complain; related to Old High German iāmar misery, lamentation, Old Norse amra to howl
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Word Origin and History for yammer

late 15c., "to lament," probably from Middle Dutch jammeren and cognate Middle English yeoumeren, "to mourn, complain," from Old English geomrian "to lament," from geomor "sorrowful," probably of imitative origin. Meaning "to make loud, annoying noise" is attested from 1510s. Related: Yammered; yammering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yammer

yak show


: despite what you may have heard from Ralph Nader or some radio yak-show host

noun phrase

A radio talk show (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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