yawp

[yawp, yahp]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
2.
Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.
noun
3.
a harsh cry.
4.
Slang.
a.
raucous or querulous speech.
b.
a noisy, foolish utterance.
Also, yaup.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp

yawper, noun
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yawp (jɔːp)
 
vb
1.  to gape or yawn, esp audibly
2.  to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
3.  to bark, yelp, or yowl
 
n
4.  a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
5.  (US), (Canadian) a noisy, foolish, or raucous utterance
 
[C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp]
 
'yawper
 
n

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Word Origin & History

yawp
c.1300, yolpen, probably echoic variant of yelpen (see yelp). The noun, in ref. to speech, is recorded from 1835, now used chiefly with conscious echo of Whitman.
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Example sentences
With her fake eyelashes and raspy yawp of a voice, she has inspired many a drag queen imitation.
My goal is not to yawp, actually, but to sing beautifully.
We brace for a barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world--and hear a cough at a concert.
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