Definition of yawp in English:



  • 1A harsh or hoarse cry or yelp.

    ‘the cur did not bark, other than a single yawp’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He does not defiantly explode, he chokes, takes a last glorious breath for his mighty yawp and fumbles the exhale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The resulting yawp was one of terror and betrayal.’
    • ‘For my money, it's when Alien swells his chest and lets out his yawp that he writes most compellingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Just let me fix my hair real quick… ‘I got up and Hannibal let out a little yawp as he fell to the bed.’’
    • ‘Explosions, barking yawps, shrill high-register runs, and throaty, rasping groans - the place sounds like it's going to spontaneously combust.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1North American [mass noun]Foolish or noisy talk.
      ‘therefore his yawp is tolerated, even appreciated’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1 Shout or exclaim hoarsely.

    ‘the fans screeched, yawped, and pounded their palms’
    • ‘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.
      ‘it's as well not to yawp much about our going alone’
      • ‘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.