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’
    • ‘I heard myself give a small yelp of surprise and pain.’
    • ‘A short yelp in pain was all Ocsillatornis could utter.’
    • ‘Inside he heard Nicky give a short yelp of surprise.’
    • ‘Gabriel gave out a yelp of pain as he struggled to get free.’
    • ‘Startled, I released a sharp yelp and quickly took a step back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She let out a yelp of pain as her shoulder connected with the sharp corner of the wood table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She made a short yelp which caught Pickle's attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I barely stifled a yelp of pain as she threw her arms around my aching ribs.’
    • ‘My head cracked against the floor and I let out a yelp of 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.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘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.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry, call, shout, bawl, yawl, whoop
    yap, bark, woof, bay
    holler
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Utter a yelp:

    ‘my dog was yelping as if hurt’
    • ‘Gone is the silly robot dog that I wanted to see yelping around with its leg in a bear trap.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a very angry affair, with buzzsaw guitars and yelping and screeching down the mic.’
    • ‘She yelped, the blindman howled and I had a white stick in between my ankles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Closing curtains or doors is raised as a solution to stopping dogs yelping at passers-by.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between the yowls there was whimpering and barking and whining and yelping and the odd snarl directed at a feisty neighbour.’
    • ‘Dogs to yelp enthusiastically. drD will be attending a formal reception area in an anonymous office block later today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man two had tried to choke her, kicked her hard and she yelped like an injured dog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We screamed and yelped and hugged each other tightly to relieve some of the unwanted stress.’
    • ‘I could hear him sobbing and really yelping and screaming.’
    • ‘During the walk home, I saw some dogs locked up in a car outside the park, barking and yelping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dog must have known danger was in the air and had run across the street, away from death, and ran barking and yelping.’
    squeal, squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry out, call out, shout, bawl, yawp
    yap, bark, woof, bay
    holler
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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/