Definition of yelp in English:

yelp

noun

  • A short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm.

    ‘she uttered a yelp as she bumped into a table’
    • ‘Her yelp was cut short when she landed hard on the ground, grass molding about her form, with the air knocked out of her.’
    • ‘Ethiopian wolves are suspicious of people, and if they spot someone in their territory they go on full alert, letting out high-pitched yelps - alarm calls that tell the rest of the pack of the intruder.’
    • ‘Something sharp was jabbed between his shoulder blades, and he sat up with a tiny yelp of pain, dropping his hands back onto his desk and turning his head to glare at Skylar.’
    • ‘Gabriel gave out a yelp of pain as he struggled to get free.’
    • ‘I barely stifled a yelp of pain as she threw her arms around my aching ribs.’
    • ‘At a loss to get out, he finally shoots himself in the foot during a battle, but his yelps of pain are mistaken by his fellow soldiers as a cry to attack.’
    • ‘He let out a yelp of pain and released her wrists, but it must not have hurt him too badly, because he remained standing and chased after Elizabeth when she turned to run.’
    • ‘I heard myself give a small yelp of surprise and pain.’
    • ‘Chris instantly let go, his face contorting with pain, a yelp flying from his lips; a second later he hit the floor as Jake's father shoved him roughly.’
    • ‘Startled, I released a sharp yelp and quickly took a step back.’
    • ‘Using her now free leg to ram her knee into the abdomen of his slightly hunched form, she was delighted to hear his short yelp of pain as he clutched his stomach.’
    • ‘She let out a yelp of pain as her shoulder connected with the sharp corner of the wood table.’
    • ‘Mortana's knife sliced the pale skin on the back of Zeora's hand, producing a yelp of pain and… a line of oozing blood.’
    • ‘Sarah grabbed Joe's arm and twisted it till he gave a yelp in pain, ‘You stupid moronic idiot!’’
    • ‘She made a short yelp which caught Pickle's attention.’
    • ‘My head cracked against the floor and I let out a yelp of pain.’
    • ‘Inside he heard Nicky give a short yelp of surprise.’
    • ‘A short yelp in pain was all Ocsillatornis could utter.’
    • ‘Though the pushing and grappling can be quite vigorous, marmots have only to give a sharp yelp to end the bout.’
    • ‘Elisabeth gave out a yelp as the sharp teeth of the snake dove into her skin, unleashing its venomous liquid.’
    • ‘Matthew let out a yelp of pain and fell to the floor next to the unconscious Leo.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry, call, shout, bawl, yawl, whoop
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Utter a yelp.

    ‘my dog was yelping as if hurt’
    • ‘She yelped a little and threw her face back into her hands, and burst out laughing.’
    • ‘You can hear the dogs yelping, all of them stranded.’
    • ‘Dogs to yelp enthusiastically. drD will be attending a formal reception area in an anonymous office block later today.’
    • ‘The dog must have known danger was in the air and had run across the street, away from death, and ran barking and yelping.’
    • ‘Kylie yelped jumping up and down with that enthusiasm that only cheerleaders own as the audience was in an uproar.’
    • ‘She looked up at him and grinned sheepishly, yelping a little as her nails scraped her own puny wound.’
    • ‘David yelped a girlish squeal and tried to run away, holding his nose which was now gushing with blood.’
    • ‘The tradition of an unelected sovereign head of state is the true heart of the nation, yelp the monarchists.’
    • ‘No I actually didn't cry but I did yelp a few times, believe me I wasn't the only one!’
    • ‘I saw her, beset by snarling jackals of humanity, sniffing and yelping their cruel cries.’
    • ‘Any dog not in harness was howling and yelping to be put in one, and even when harnessed they continued with their wretched wailing until they were off and running.’
    • ‘Ms Levett, quoting a statement by Miss Whip, said: ‘I heard Stubbs yelping and the larger of the two dogs had got him by the neck.’’
    • ‘Bianca's eyes swelled and suddenly her neck thrashed backwards and she yelped out loud.’
    • ‘She cringed in pain again and couldn't help but yelp this time.’
    • ‘Aroua yelped seeing her older brother; Justin turned and looked at her in surprise.’
    • ‘Closing curtains or doors is raised as a solution to stopping dogs yelping at passers-by.’
    • ‘She yelped a bit from the sudden take off, grabbing desperately at his shirt.’
    • ‘June came running in at this point yelping her head off.’
    • ‘It's a very angry affair, with buzzsaw guitars and yelping and screeching down the mic.’
    • ‘As I left tonight, darkness of course had fallen and you can hear people yelling for help, you can hear the dogs yelping, all of them stranded, all of them hoping someone will come.’
    • ‘Our two dogs were yelping, and my mom's cat was hissing at the window.’
    • ‘Whoever it was yelped in alarm and tried to pull back, but Drake's grip was strong.’
    • ‘All the world loves a dramatic comeback story, and this pop icon is primed to prove she's still got what it takes to make the kids yelp and shriek with glee.’
    • ‘She is pallid and gaunt, like a sexy vampire howling away, yelping out, ‘you're gonna have to step over my dead body before you walk out that door,’ and grabs the mike feverishly with black lacquered nails.’
    • ‘David yelped stumbling over himself, splashing the contents of his drink into the attacker's face.’
    • ‘Between the yowls there was whimpering and barking and whining and yelping and the odd snarl directed at a feisty neighbour.’
    • ‘Jack's vocal persona shifts throughout the record - sometimes he yelps, yells and howls, while on other songs, he gently serenades the objects of his affection.’
    • ‘We screamed and yelped and hugged each other tightly to relieve some of the unwanted stress.’
    • ‘Gone is the silly robot dog that I wanted to see yelping around with its leg in a bear trap.’
    • ‘Here are tourists walking behind a local woman yelping accented German and holding a closed umbrella over her head as a sign to them.’
    • ‘There were the sounds of punching and kicking, objects being broken, grown-ups begging for mercy, children crying, chickens clucking, dogs yelping and pigs squealing.’
    • ‘During the walk home, I saw some dogs locked up in a car outside the park, barking and yelping.’
    • ‘She yelped realizing it was quarter to seven and she was late.’
    • ‘The final time I veritably growled and he went yelping downstairs with his tail between his legs.’
    • ‘She yelped, the blindman howled and I had a white stick in between my ankles.’
    • ‘Oh yes we are, yelped the sport's governing body in full pantomime fashion.’
    • ‘Maybe shrieking and yelping in the background while a bunch of hollow-eyed Irish crooners half-heartedly mumble a chicken-in-a-basket classic is just what Jackson needs to get his career back on track.’
    • ‘More good pressure from Switzerland, whose fans are yelping encouragement.’
    • ‘The man two had tried to choke her, kicked her hard and she yelped like an injured dog.’
    • ‘I could hear him sobbing and really yelping and screaming.’
    • ‘Kelsey and I watched in shock as people yelled in fear and ran from the fire; scared dogs began barking and yelping, helpless in their cages.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry out, call out, shout, bawl, yawp
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Origin

Old English g(i)elpan (verb) ‘to boast’, from a Germanic imitative base. From late Middle English ‘cry or sing with a loud voice’ the current sense arose in the 16th century.

Pronunciation

yelp

/jɛlp/