Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Nervousness or tension that causes an athlete to fail to perform effectively, especially in missing short putts in golf.

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  • n. A nervous condition which prevents a sportsman from playing properly; especially a condition which causes a golfer to miss an easy putt, or a tennis player to serve a double fault.
  • n. Plural form of yip.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of yip.

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

  • n. nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)

Etymologies

Probably imitative of jerky motions caused by tension.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Most of us have heard the term yips in sports before, but what are they exactly?

    Choke

  • Paddock is a craven Hyena to frightened to approach the Leonine beast except by cowardly yips from a safe distance.

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  • "Historically, most of the people who use long putters or belly putters are golfers who have mental demons—I hate to use the 'Y' word for that dreaded affliction known as the yips—or maybe have trouble bending over because of some physical ailment," said Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director, in an interview.

    Long Putters Shake Off the Stigma

  • Unfortunately this left with him with what golfers call the yips, or perhaps the tweeps.

    Guardian Online

  • What wondrous words would we hear in place of little "yips" and "grrrs"?

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  • Golfers have the "yips," a nervousness that leads to flubbed putts.

    Professional Baseball Faces Loaded Issue: Mental Health

  • The piercing "yips" of cowboys meant nothing but an excess of spirits.

    The Lady Doc

  • A golfer's "yips" are not down to putting pressure but are caused instead by a movement disorder, neurologists say.

    The Age News Headlines

  • "yips" after fielding routine ground balls this season, to the list of concerned Yankees.

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  • Tennessee, "a solitary driver meditates on the history that informs the light" yips "in Ralph Stanley's singing.

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  • "Target panic is akin to the “yips�? in baseball and golf, when accomplished athletes can no longer make a simple throw to first base or stroke an easy putt."

    The New York Times, The Secret Curse of Expert Archers, by Katie Thomas, August 1, 2008

    August 1, 2008