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.

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.

outyell, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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yell (jɛl)
1.  to shout, scream, cheer, or utter in a loud or piercing way
2.  a loud piercing inarticulate cry, as of pain, anger, or fear
3.  (US), (Canadian) a rhythmic cry of words or syllables, used in cheering in unison
[Old English giellan; related to Old Saxon gellon, Old High German gellan, Old Norse gjalla; see nightingale]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gellan (Mercian), giellan (W.Saxon), class III strong verb (past tense geal, pp. gollen), from P.Gmc. *gelnanan (cf. O.N. gjalla "to resound," M.Du. ghellen, Du. gillen, O.H.G. gellan, Ger. gellen "to yell"), extended form of root of O.E. galan "to sing" (source of the -gale in
nightingale); from PIE *ghel- "to cry out, shout, sing." The noun is late 14c., originally in Scottish, from the verb.
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Example sentences
You've seen this wild, hyper, bossy guy waving his arms and you've heard him
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.
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