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1‘the dogs yapped about his heels’
yelp, bark, woof, bay
2‘the presenter was yapping away on the television’
chatter, prattle, prate, gibber, babble, blather, blether, blither, gabble, gossip, rattle, ramble, maunder
go on, run on, talk at length, talk incessantly, talk a lot
British talk nineteen to the dozen
Scottish Irish slabber on
informal jabber, blabber, yatter, jaw, gab, gas, chit-chat, yackety-yak
British informal rabbit, witter, waffle, natter, chunter, talk the hind legs off a donkey
North American informal run off at the mouth
NZ Australian informal mag
archaic twaddle, twattle, claver, clack
1‘her dog greeted her with excited yaps’
yelp, bark, woof
2‘will you kindly keep your yap shut for a minute?’
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