Definition of yawp in US English:



  • 1A harsh or hoarse cry or yelp.

    • ‘For my money, it's when Alien swells his chest and lets out his yawp that he writes most compellingly.’
    • ‘The resulting yawp was one of terror and betrayal.’
    • ‘Gripping the Ruler with two hands, he launched himself at the demon with a barbaric yawp.’
    • ‘The countdown began and with a war yawp Patton blasted into the sky.’
    • ‘He does not defiantly explode, he chokes, takes a last glorious breath for his mighty yawp and fumbles the exhale.’
    • ‘The British rapper has a strangled yawp of a voice (occasionally he swallows his words whole), his rhymes are all about the rough patches of street life and romance, and his stage name suggests a teetering instability.’
    • ‘Showing a figure on a bridge letting out a barbaric yawp of existential angst, ‘Skrik’ is frequently reproduced and parodied - a popular beach item is a reproduction of the screamer as an inflatable pillow.’
    • ‘And there was certainly plenty of noise yesterday, as the unsilenced engines capable of turning at 18,000 revs a minute produced an array of screams and yawps: a barbaric cacophony or the music of the cylinders, according to taste.’
    • ‘Explosions, barking yawps, shrill high-register runs, and throaty, rasping groans - the place sounds like it's going to spontaneously combust.’
    • ‘A barbaric yawp of celebration might be in order.’
    • ‘They weren't yells, or howls, or shouts, or whoops, or yawps, such as you'd expect from a manly set of vocal organs - they were simply indecent, terrifying, humiliating screams, such as women emit when they see ghosts or caterpillars.’
    • ‘‘Just let me fix my hair real quick… ‘I got up and Hannibal let out a little yawp as he fell to the bed.’’
    • ‘He guillotined existentialism just when we needed most to hear its howl, its barbaric yawp that there is something in common between God and all of us.’
    sob, weep, crying fit, fit of crying
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    1. 1.1North American Foolish or noisy talk.
      • ‘Amid the ensuing communal yawp is one unconverted smartass - a cipher, if you will, for a music scene fraught with carefully cultivated, ultimately unrevealing, laughably insecure projections of ‘cool’ - who yells back, ‘I'm dead!’’
      • ‘If it's a guilty pleasure, a loud sloppy nihilistic yawp aimed at film-school graduates, fine. Say so and be done with it.’


[no object]
  • 1Shout or exclaim hoarsely.

    • ‘I yawp when you stop breathing because in you is my own wish to survive.’
    call, shout, exclaim, sing out, yell, shriek, scream, screech, bawl, bellow, roar, whoop
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    1. 1.1North American Talk foolishly or noisily.
      • ‘In ‘Self Repeating Poem, ‘he yawps about the absurdity of a world in which we ‘eat ideas with whipped cream and die of hunger.’’


Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the early 19th century.