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[yelp] /yɛlp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to give a quick, sharp, shrill cry, as a dog or fox.
2.
to call or cry out sharply:
The boy yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot.
verb (used with object)
3.
to utter or express by or as if by yelping.
noun
4.
a quick, sharp bark or cry.
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English yelpen, Old English gielpan to boast; cognate with Low German galpen to croak; (noun) Middle English: boasting, Old English gielp, derivative of the v.
Related forms
yelper, noun
outyelp, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for yelper

yelp

/jɛlp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of a dog) to utter a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark, often indicating pain
noun
2.
a sharp or high-pitched cry or bark
Derived Forms
yelper, noun
Word Origin
Old English gielpan to boast; related to Low German galpen to croak, Danish gylpe to croak
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Word Origin and History for yelper

yelp

v.

Old English gelpan (Anglian), gielpan (West Saxon) "to boast," from Proto-Germanic *gelpanan (cf. Old Saxon galpon, Old Norse gjalpa "to yelp," Old Norse gjalp "boasting," Old High German gelph "outcry"), from PIE root *ghel- "to cry out" (see yell). Related: Yelped; yelping.

n.

Old English gielp "boasting," from source of yelp (v.). Meaning "quick, sharp bark or cry" is attested from c.1500.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yelper

yelper

noun

The screaming and wavering warning signal used on police cars, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles: two police cars going north with yelpers wide open (1970s+)


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