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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 yelling
  • Over night one went about yelling and hooting to give notice of the design.
  • The audience by this time was upon its feet, yelling its delight.
  • There was a furious yelling and howling all about us.
  • Rap and yelling make up the majority of air-play and attention for a wide age-spectrum.
  • Slower traffic, and a few folks yelling at him for letting his kids play so close to traffic.
  • People are yelling at him in a language he doesn't understand.
  • It was good to see her and for once to not have her yelling at me to stop being a nuisance.
  • They rush forwards, waving and yelling soundlessly against the roar of rotary blades.
  • The financial pages were yelling about that for months, a few months back.
  • They are taught to walk along school corridors in hushed crocodiles, and to avoid shouting or yelling in the canteen.
British Dictionary definitions for yelling


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 yelling



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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