noun Date: 1876 a strident utterance

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • yawping — v. talk noisily; shout …   English contemporary dictionary

  • yawping — noun ( s) Etymology: from gerund of yawp (I) : a strident or prattling utterance some of his yawpings are directed against his employees Charles Lee moldy characters and philosophical yawpings about life Time …   Useful english dictionary

  • yawp´er — yawp «yawp, yahp», verb, noun. Informal. –v.i. 1. to utter a loud, harsh cry: »I heard a ghostly, low pitched yawping (Gwyn Thomas) 2. Figurative. to speak foolishly: »What re you yawping about? 3. to gape: »They stood yawping at the strangers.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • yawp — (v.) c.1300, yolpen, probably echoic variant of yelpen (see YELP (Cf. yelp)). Related: Yawped; yawping. The noun, in reference to speech, is recorded from 1835, now used chiefly with conscious echo of Whitman …   Etymology dictionary

  • yawp — /jɔp/ (say yawp) Colloquial –verb (i) 1. to utter a loud, harsh cry or sound; bawl. 2. to talk noisily and foolishly. –noun 3. a yawping cry. 4. any harsh or raucous sound. 5. a noisy, foolish utterance. Also, yaup. {imitative} –yawper, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • yawp — [yôp, yäp] vi. [ME yolpen, prob. echoic var. of yelpen, YELP] 1. a) to utter a loud, harsh call or cry b) Slang to talk noisily and stupidly 2. Informal to yawn aloud; gape n. the act or sound of yawping …   English World dictionary

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