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[yip] /yɪp/
verb (used without object), yipped, yipping.
to bark sharply, as a young dog.
a sharp bark; yelp.
Origin of yip
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English yippe, perhaps alteration of yilpe yelp Unabridged
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  • On the second day the yips began to wish they had not embarked on this adventure.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Cayke was not satisfied, but the other yips seemed to approve the plan highly.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • She heard the shrieks and yips of the Indians in the yard of the trading post.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • No one else is able to make such good cookies as I have cooked, as you and all the yips know.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The piercing "yips" of cowboys meant nothing but an excess of spirits.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • But he has lived many years among the yips, who have found him so wise and intelligent that they always go to him for advice.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for yips


plural noun
(informal) the yips, (in sport, originally esp golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yips


1903, possibly from dialectal yip "to cheep like a bird" (early 19c.), from Middle English yippen (mid-15c.), of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for yips



An exclamation of pleasure, approval, triumph, etc: Yippee, all my candidates won! (1920+)



  1. The anus; ass, asshole, where the sun doesn't shine •Nearly always in the expression up the ying-yang, ''in great abundance'': A mother-jumper of a winter. Snow up the yin-yang (1970s+)
  2. The penis; prick: a peek at one of my troopers with tubes up his ying-yang (1960s+)
  3. A stupid or foolish person (1970s+ Army)

[origin uncertain; perhaps coined because of the increasing currency of the Chinese term yin and yang, ''the female and male principles in nature,'' influenced by wang, ''penis''; perhaps fr Louisiana French yan-yan, ''ass'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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