Definitions

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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.

Examples

  • When ABC's audio picked up a standard "get in the hole" yelp from a fan in the gallery, Alliss responded immediately — "Oh, shut up!"

    ABC's coverage lets the air out of British Open

  • A piteous yelp from the lower regions at last announced that the thief was captured, and Tom appeared bearing Snip by the nape of the neck in one hand and Polly's cherished bonnet in the other.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Link so, i got this interesting bit of information from someone who worked for yelp: yelp is very agresssive in selling ads, the so called “sponsored results” to businesses which are being reviewed on yelp. when a business signs up for “sponsored results” (several k$), bad reviews then will be hidden. that means anytime the business stops taking out those ads, the bad reviews which remained hidden during the “sponsored results” run, pop up again. as a result, yelp is not at all a neutral review site. that entire idea is skewed! yelp can be helpful, but take it with a grain of salt or two. and be suspicious of “sponsored results” …. — bmwcafe

    Why Yelp Works - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • -- "The yelp is a basic turkey sound, delivered in a series of single note vocalizations and can have different meanings depending on how the hen intends."

    Vickie Karp: Third Screen: Meleagris Gallopavo

  • It is critical to set up a profile on Yelp and encourage happy customers to 'yelp' about your business.

    Alistair Goodman: How Location-Based Services Can Boost Your Small Business

  • Mr Gibson's who suffers from arthritis was accused by PC Steven Cole of twisting his thumb so hard during the arrest it made him "yelp"

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • I've hear them chatter, but I never heard that kind of yelp!

    Spa Day

  • I jammed my left hand deep into his crotch which made him kinda "yelp" a bit like a bad puppy.

    unclebob Diary Entry

  • He gave a kind of yelp, and Goon and the Chief turned in surprise.

    The Mystery of the Missing Man

  • He gave a kind of yelp, stared at me for a moment, and then began to talk of New York in a way that reminded me of Jimmy Mundy, the reformer chappie.

    My Man Jeeves

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  • *Yelp*

    February 14, 2010

  • Yep.

    February 14, 2010

  • yeck.

    February 12, 2010

  • How progressive is this site intended to be? Anyway, yelp has taken on a verb sense - to write reviews for the website yelp.com

    February 12, 2010