Adjective "yelp" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm.
  1. 'He let out a yelp of pain and released her wrists, but it must not have hurt him too badly, because he remained standing and chased after Elizabeth when she turned to run.'
  2. 'Using her now free leg to ram her knee into the abdomen of his slightly hunched form, she was delighted to hear his short yelp of pain as he clutched his stomach.'
  3. 'Mortana's knife sliced the pale skin on the back of Zeora's hand, producing a yelp of pain and… a line of oozing blood.'
  4. 'Elisabeth gave out a yelp as the sharp teeth of the snake dove into her skin, unleashing its venomous liquid.'
  5. 'My head cracked against the floor and I let out a yelp of pain.'
  6. 'She made a short yelp which caught Pickle's attention.'
  7. 'She let out a yelp of pain as her shoulder connected with the sharp corner of the wood table.'
  8. 'I barely stifled a yelp of pain as she threw her arms around my aching ribs.'
  9. 'Startled, I released a sharp yelp and quickly took a step back.'
  10. 'Matthew let out a yelp of pain and fell to the floor next to the unconscious Leo.'
  11. 'A short yelp in pain was all Ocsillatornis could utter.'


Utter a yelp.
  1. 'Whoever it was yelped in alarm and tried to pull back, but Drake's grip was strong.'
  2. 'You can hear the dogs yelping, all of them stranded.'
  3. 'Jack's vocal persona shifts throughout the record - sometimes he yelps, yells and howls, while on other songs, he gently serenades the objects of his affection.'
  4. 'June came running in at this point yelping her head off.'
  5. 'More good pressure from Switzerland, whose fans are yelping encouragement.'
  6. 'The tradition of an unelected sovereign head of state is the true heart of the nation, yelp the monarchists.'
  7. 'Kelsey and I watched in shock as people yelled in fear and ran from the fire; scared dogs began barking and yelping, helpless in their cages.'
  8. 'There were the sounds of punching and kicking, objects being broken, grown-ups begging for mercy, children crying, chickens clucking, dogs yelping and pigs squealing.'
  9. 'She yelped realizing it was quarter to seven and she was late.'
  10. 'She is pallid and gaunt, like a sexy vampire howling away, yelping out, ‘you're gonna have to step over my dead body before you walk out that door,’ and grabs the mike feverishly with black lacquered nails.'
  11. 'She yelped a little and threw her face back into her hands, and burst out laughing.'
  12. 'She yelped, the blindman howled and I had a white stick in between my ankles.'
  13. 'She yelped a bit from the sudden take off, grabbing desperately at his shirt.'
  14. 'As I left tonight, darkness of course had fallen and you can hear people yelling for help, you can hear the dogs yelping, all of them stranded, all of them hoping someone will come.'
  15. 'Bianca's eyes swelled and suddenly her neck thrashed backwards and she yelped out loud.'
  16. 'All the world loves a dramatic comeback story, and this pop icon is primed to prove she's still got what it takes to make the kids yelp and shriek with glee.'
  17. 'During the walk home, I saw some dogs locked up in a car outside the park, barking and yelping.'
  18. 'David yelped a girlish squeal and tried to run away, holding his nose which was now gushing with blood.'
  19. 'I saw her, beset by snarling jackals of humanity, sniffing and yelping their cruel cries.'
  20. 'She cringed in pain again and couldn't help but yelp this time.'
  21. 'Ms Levett, quoting a statement by Miss Whip, said: ‘I heard Stubbs yelping and the larger of the two dogs had got him by the neck.’'

More definitions

verb (used without object)

1. to give a quick, sharp, shrill cry, as a dog or fox.

2. to call or cry out sharply: The boy yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot. verb (used with object)

3. to utter or express by or as if by yelping.


4. a quick, sharp bark or cry.


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.