from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter a short, sharp bark or cry: excited dogs yelping; yelped in pain when the bee stung.
- transitive v. To utter by yelping.
- n. A short, sharp cry or bark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An abrupt, high-pitched noise or utterance.
- v. To utter an abrupt, high-pitched noise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To boast.
- intransitive v. To utter a sharp, quick cry, as a hound; to bark shrilly with eagerness, pain, or fear; to yaup.
- n. A sharp, quick cry; a bark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To boast; cry up a thing; exult; brag.
- To give a sharp, shrill, quick cry, resembling a bark; bark sharply and shrilly; yawp: said of dogs, and also of some other creatures, especially a wild turkey-hen.
- n. A boast; boasting.
- n. An eager bark or cry; a sharp, quick bark or cry caused by fear or pain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)
- v. bark in a high-pitched tone
Middle English yelpen, to cry aloud, from Old English gelpan, gielpan, to boast; see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ġielp. (Wiktionary)
Old English ġielpan. (Wiktionary)