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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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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.

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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.
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