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[yel] /yɛl/
verb (used without object)
to cry out or speak with a strong, loud, clear sound; shout:
He always yells when he is angry.
to scream with pain, fright, etc.
verb (used with object)
to utter or tell by yelling:
to yell an order to the troops.
a cry uttered by yelling.
a cheer or shout of fixed words or syllables, as one adopted by a school or college to encourage a team.
Origin of yell
before 1000; (v.) Middle English yellen, Old English gellan, giellan; cognate with German gellen to resound, Dutch gillen; akin to Old English galan to sing (see nightingale); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
outyell, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yell
  • You've seen this wild, hyper, bossy guy waving his arms and you've heard him yell.
  • Human mothers may yell at their toddlers for playing with their food.
  • And of course, a job when you get paid to yell at people rudely.
  • Make the stolen computer yell things at them with the synthesizer.
  • His trademark was his huge mouth, cavernous grin, and drawn-out yell.
  • yell good-bye to husband who tells me, in a ritual fashion as he does every morning, not to speed.
  • They may simply yell and scream or take it a step further by violently lashing out at anyone within their reach.
  • We also tell people to yell and let their dogs bark if they see a resident bear.
  • Another way is for the instructor to stand to the side and yell out instructions about what to do.
  • He began to alternately yell at and interrogate the driver.
British Dictionary definitions for yell


to shout, scream, cheer, or utter in a loud or piercing way
a loud piercing inarticulate cry, as of pain, anger, or fear
(US & Canadian) a rhythmic cry of words or syllables, used in cheering in unison
Derived Forms
yeller, noun
Word Origin
Old English giellan; related to Old Saxon gellon, Old High German gellan, Old Norse gjalla; see nightingale
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Word Origin and History for yell

Old English gellan (Mercian), giellan (West Saxon), class III strong verb (past tense geal, past participle gollen), from Proto-Germanic *gelnanan (cf. Old Norse gjalla "to resound," Middle Dutch ghellen, Dutch gillen, Old High German gellan, German gellen "to yell"), extended form of root of Old English galan "to sing" (source of the -gale in nightingale); from PIE *ghel- "to cry out, shout, sing." Related: Yelled; yelling.


late 14c., originally in Scottish, from yell (v.).

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