American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To utter a sharp cry; yelp.
- v. To talk loudly, raucously, or coarsely.
- n. A bark; a yelp.
- n. Loud or coarse talk or utterance: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world” ( Walt Whitman).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dialectal form of yelp.
- v. intransitive to yelp, or utter a sharp cry, as in intense pain, or another raucous noise
- v. intransitive to talk loudly and coarsely
- v. intransitive clamor, utter loud complaints
- n. a yelp or bark
- n. loud or coarse talk
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. See yaup.
- v. make a raucous noise
- v. complain whiningly
- Middle English yolpen (Wiktionary)
- Middle English yolpen, possibly variant of yelpen; see yelp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The concert explores the "yawp" - and its implications for the "primitive and direct poetics" that Coleman argues is distinctly American.”
“It thus becomes an inarticulate patriotic "yawp," of tremendous ear-splitting power.”
“Keating is even the kind of educator who can coax from a shy, stuttering student (Ethan Hawke) Walt Whitman's famed "barbaric yawp.”
“Then it dawned on Cassidy, too, and for a second all he did was yawp and utter a low, breathy “Shit!””
“As the poem required, we contained multitudes, contradicted ourselves, let forth a barbaric yawp, and much much more.”
“For many, his "touch," like Walt Whitman's "yawp," still exemplifies an authentic American spirit.”
“Rather than rescue the late work, this retrospective ends an iconic American career not with an exuberant yawp, but, sadly, with a whimper.”
“In politics, it's the barbaric yawp of the new crop of Mama Grizzlies.”
“While the sonorous barbaric yawp of the Boomers echoed through the subsequent decades, it had little effect on their younger siblings like me.”
“ Then, there was a raucous yawp and whoop by all assembled who in agreement lifted their wings and appendages signaling their unwavering firmness and determination.”
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