Definition of yelp in English:

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Pronunciation: /jɛlp/


A short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm: she uttered a yelp as she bumped into a table
More example sentences
  • She let out a yelp of pain as her shoulder connected with the sharp corner of the wood table.
  • Matthew let out a yelp of pain and fell to the floor next to the unconscious Leo.
  • I barely stifled a yelp of pain as she threw her arms around my aching ribs.


[no object]
Utter a yelp: my dog was yelping as if hurt
More example sentences
  • The man two had tried to choke her, kicked her hard and she yelped like an injured dog.
  • Gone is the silly robot dog that I wanted to see yelping around with its leg in a bear trap.
  • We screamed and yelped and hugged each other tightly to relieve some of the unwanted stress.



Pronunciation: /ˈjɛlpə/
Example sentences
  • True, Britney's got better pipes than these eager yelpers.
  • Most of the ‘yelpers’ had sidekicks who were smaller and backed up the hearty yell with their own high-pitched style, letting the others know they rolled with a pack.
  • The simple fact is, roughly 13-foot tall yelper Angus Andrew is a striking enough physical presence that he could probably just work without any music at all and still be a show and a half unto himself.


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.

Words that rhyme with yelp

help, kelp, whelp

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