Definition of yelp in English:



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

    ‘she uttered a yelp as she bumped into a table’
    • ‘She let out a yelp of pain as her shoulder connected with the sharp corner of the wood table.’
    • ‘Elisabeth gave out a yelp as the sharp teeth of the snake dove into her skin, unleashing its venomous liquid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My head cracked against the floor and I let out a yelp of pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She made a short yelp which caught Pickle's attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A short yelp in pain was all Ocsillatornis could utter.’
    • ‘Matthew let out a yelp of pain and fell to the floor next to the unconscious Leo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her yelp was cut short when she landed hard on the ground, grass molding about her form, with the air knocked out of her.’
    • ‘Sarah grabbed Joe's arm and twisted it till he gave a yelp in pain, ‘You stupid moronic idiot!’’
    • ‘I heard myself give a small yelp of surprise and pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Startled, I released a sharp yelp and quickly took a step back.’
    • ‘I barely stifled a yelp of pain as she threw her arms around my aching ribs.’
    • ‘Gabriel gave out a yelp of pain as he struggled to get free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though the pushing and grappling can be quite vigorous, marmots have only to give a sharp yelp to end the bout.’
    • ‘Inside he heard Nicky give a short yelp of surprise.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry, call, shout, bawl, yawl, whoop
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  • Utter a yelp.

    ‘my dog was yelping as if hurt’
    • ‘You can hear the dogs yelping, all of them stranded.’
    • ‘Whoever it was yelped in alarm and tried to pull back, but Drake's grip was strong.’
    • ‘The final time I veritably growled and he went yelping downstairs with his tail between his legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bianca's eyes swelled and suddenly her neck thrashed backwards and she yelped out loud.’
    • ‘We screamed and yelped and hugged each other tightly to relieve some of the unwanted stress.’
    • ‘Between the yowls there was whimpering and barking and whining and yelping and the odd snarl directed at a feisty neighbour.’
    • ‘She yelped a bit from the sudden take off, grabbing desperately at his shirt.’
    • ‘The dog must have known danger was in the air and had run across the street, away from death, and ran barking and yelping.’
    • ‘Our two dogs were yelping, and my mom's cat was hissing at the window.’
    • ‘She yelped realizing it was quarter to seven and she was late.’
    • ‘During the walk home, I saw some dogs locked up in a car outside the park, barking and yelping.’
    • ‘She cringed in pain again and couldn't help but yelp this time.’
    • ‘The tradition of an unelected sovereign head of state is the true heart of the nation, yelp the monarchists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kylie yelped jumping up and down with that enthusiasm that only cheerleaders own as the audience was in an uproar.’
    • ‘She yelped, the blindman howled and I had a white stick in between my ankles.’
    • ‘Gone is the silly robot dog that I wanted to see yelping around with its leg in a bear trap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Closing curtains or doors is raised as a solution to stopping dogs yelping at passers-by.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could hear him sobbing and really yelping and screaming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aroua yelped seeing her older brother; Justin turned and looked at her in surprise.’
    • ‘More good pressure from Switzerland, whose fans are yelping encouragement.’
    • ‘Here are tourists walking behind a local woman yelping accented German and holding a closed umbrella over her head as a sign to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David yelped stumbling over himself, splashing the contents of his drink into the attacker's face.’
    • ‘I saw her, beset by snarling jackals of humanity, sniffing and yelping their cruel cries.’
    • ‘She yelped a little and threw her face back into her hands, and burst out laughing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘June came running in at this point yelping her head off.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Oh yes we are, yelped the sport's governing body in full pantomime fashion.’
    • ‘It's a very angry affair, with buzzsaw guitars and yelping and screeching down the mic.’
    • ‘Dogs to yelp enthusiastically. drD will be attending a formal reception area in an anonymous office block later today.’
    • ‘She looked up at him and grinned sheepishly, yelping a little as her nails scraped her own puny wound.’
    • ‘No I actually didn't cry but I did yelp a few times, believe me I wasn't the only one!’
    • ‘The man two had tried to choke her, kicked her hard and she yelped like an injured dog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David yelped a girlish squeal and tried to run away, holding his nose which was now gushing with blood.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry out, call out, shout, bawl, yawp
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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.