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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.
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 yelled
  • He got more and more angry and he yelled at the judge, and they finally bound and gagged him in the courtroom.
  • From the back of the truck one day, he yelled to colleagues riding in the cab about a new experiment he was contemplating.
  • As anyone who has ever played with a rope shaking it real fast or yelled can see.
  • Hearing works the same way: a vowel is still a vowel whether it's yelled or whispered.
  • His teenage audiences yelled out with him, suddenly liberated.
  • When fans booed her for a bad play, she yelled obscenities at them.
  • They stood and yelled, it turned out, until legs and vocal chords were quite fatigued.
  • But the team also got motivated because they didn't want to see us being yelled at.
  • Southwestern salespeople will be chased by dogs and yelled at by angry homeowners.
  • The homeowner yelled at the suspect and the suspect fled on foot.
British Dictionary definitions for yelled


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 yelled



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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