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.

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  • 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

  • n. A sharp, quick cry; a bark.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English yelpen, to cry aloud, from Old English gelpan, gielpan, to boast; see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.

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Old English ġielp.

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Old English ġielpan.


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