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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
  • But there's a time and place to yammer on a little about your own work, and this is one of them.
  • The yammer of rivet guns and the hiss of arc welders fills the air as new steel frames rise.
  • The sound is great, you can yammer on for up to six hours per call, and there are a million cool features.
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.

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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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