Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To bark sharply or shrilly; yelp.
  • intransitive v. Slang To talk noisily or stupidly; jabber.
  • transitive v. To utter by yapping.
  • n. A sharp, shrill bark; a yelp.
  • n. Slang Noisy, stupid talk; jabber.
  • n. Slang The mouth: Shut your yap.
  • n. Slang A stupid, crude, or loud person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The high-pitched bark of a small dog.
  • n. An informal talk.
  • n. The mouth, which produces speech.
  • n. A badly behaved child, a brat.
  • v. Of a small dog, to bark.
  • v. To talk, especially excessively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To bark; to yelp.
  • n. A bark; a yelp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To yelp or bark.
  • n. A yelp, as of a dog.
  • n. A cur.
  • A dialectal form of yep.
  • See yaup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bark in a high-pitched tone
  • n. informal terms for the mouth

Etymologies

Probably imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • My little one does not yap, is not left outside when we are not home and our walls are high.

    Cats

  • A perfect yap in other words and a charter member of the New Class of full time morality policeman.

    The Chimes at Midnight

  • Sitting down and shutting your yap is the ONE thing that you should do, and it is clearly a very valid option since you are so well suited to it.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • And, after watching the Today Show segment that sprang from what seemed like a thoughtful blogger "round table," it turns out that, at least in the journalistic words of new Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, we're just a bunch of moms who "yap" about diapers and preschools on the web instead of at the playground.

    Joanne Bamberger: Katie Couric Gets it. Kathie Lee, Mmmm, Not So Much.

  • But Tortorella's players did more to shut Hitchcock's "yap" than anything their coach said.

    USATODAY.com

  • America may "yap" the loudest, but their sentiments are shared by almost all of China's neighbors who have even fewer ways to handle the situation, even if they not so outspoken about it.

    Top defense expenditure of the world

  • Then she had heard the "yap" of Reddy Fox cut short in the middle and the roar of Bowser's big voice as he started to chase Reddy Fox.

    Mother West Wind's Children

  • It lay there moaning, and every now and then it raised its head with a 'yap' of sheer fright, dreadful to hear, and bit the air, as if its enemies were on it again; and this fellow of mine lay in the opposite corner, with his head on his paw, watching it.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • He assured the gentlemen present that they were at liberty to speak as freely and as loudly as they pleased, so far as his daughter was concerned; if she got awake and started to "yap," he'd spank the daylights out of her, and if that didn't shut her up he'd take her home.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

  • As Mrs. Woodbourne was advancing to kiss Harriet, a loud sharp 'yap' was heard from something in the arms of the latter; Mrs. Woodbourne started, turned pale, and looked so much alarmed, that Anne could not laugh.

    Abbeychurch

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  • Breadfruit variety from the island of Yap, Palau.

    February 16, 2010

  • ...and come Christmas this book will be ready for binding in limp yap and setting on your rich aunt's breakfast plate next the crumpled corn.

    - Stevie Smith, Novel on Yellow Paper

    February 23, 2009

  • Thanks, yarb. Damn, I've already been on vacation.... ;-)

    August 27, 2008

  • It's very long, rt, and replete with arroyos, wheatfields, and drawn-out sunsets. I'm quite enjoying it now, but attempt with caution. Good for a vacation-read, I reckon.

    August 26, 2008

  • Yarb, now you've gone and done it. *adds The Octopus to excruciatingly long reading list*

    August 26, 2008

  • "I want to fix you up somewhere where you can have a bit of a home all to yourself. Let's see; Bonneville wouldn't do. There's always a lot of yaps about there that know us, and they would begin to cackle first off."

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 2

    August 26, 2008

  • Pay in reverse.

    February 3, 2007

  • Aw, shut yer yap.

    February 2, 2007