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yawp

[yawp, yahp] /yɔp, yɑp/
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.
  1. raucous or querulous speech.
  2. a noisy, foolish utterance.
Also, yaup.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp
Related forms
yawper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yawper

yawp

/jɔːp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to gape or yawn, esp audibly
2.
to shout, cry, or talk noisily; bawl
3.
to bark, yelp, or yowl
noun
4.
a shout, bark, yelp, or cry
5.
(US & Canadian) a noisy, foolish, or raucous utterance
Derived Forms
yawper, noun
Word Origin
C15: yolpen, probably of imitative origin; see yap, yelp
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Word Origin and History for yawper

yawp

v.

c.1300, yolpen, probably echoic variant of yelpen (see yelp). Related: Yawped; yawping. The noun, in reference to speech, is recorded from 1835, now used chiefly with conscious echo of Whitman.

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