- A short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm: she uttered a yelp as she bumped into a tableMore 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.
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- Utter a yelp: my dog was yelping as if hurtMore 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.
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- 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.