Meaning of yawp in English:


Pronunciation /jɔːp/


  • 1A harsh or hoarse cry or yelp.

    ‘the cur did not bark, other than a single yawp’
    • ‘Gripping the Ruler with two hands, he launched himself at the demon with a barbaric yawp.’
    • ‘For my money, it's when Alien swells his chest and lets out his yawp that he writes most compellingly.’
    • ‘The countdown began and with a war yawp Patton blasted into the sky.’
    • ‘He does not defiantly explode, he chokes, takes a last glorious breath for his mighty yawp and fumbles the exhale.’
    • ‘He guillotined existentialism just when we needed most to hear its howl, its barbaric yawp that there is something in common between God and all of us.’
    • ‘The resulting yawp was one of terror and betrayal.’
    • ‘A barbaric yawp of celebration might be in order.’
    • ‘Explosions, barking yawps, shrill high-register runs, and throaty, rasping groans - the place sounds like it's going to spontaneously combust.’
    • ‘‘Just let me fix my hair real quick… ‘I got up and Hannibal let out a little yawp as he fell to the bed.’’
    • ‘The British rapper has a strangled yawp of a voice (occasionally he swallows his words whole), his rhymes are all about the rough patches of street life and romance, and his stage name suggests a teetering instability.’
    • ‘Showing a figure on a bridge letting out a barbaric yawp of existential angst, ‘Skrik’ is frequently reproduced and parodied - a popular beach item is a reproduction of the screamer as an inflatable pillow.’
    • ‘They weren't yells, or howls, or shouts, or whoops, or yawps, such as you'd expect from a manly set of vocal organs - they were simply indecent, terrifying, humiliating screams, such as women emit when they see ghosts or caterpillars.’
    • ‘And there was certainly plenty of noise yesterday, as the unsilenced engines capable of turning at 18,000 revs a minute produced an array of screams and yawps: a barbaric cacophony or the music of the cylinders, according to taste.’
    sob, weep, crying fit, fit of crying
    1. 1.1North American mass noun Foolish or noisy talk.
      ‘therefore his yawp is tolerated, even appreciated’
      • ‘If it's a guilty pleasure, a loud sloppy nihilistic yawp aimed at film-school graduates, fine. Say so and be done with it.’
      • ‘Amid the ensuing communal yawp is one unconverted smartass - a cipher, if you will, for a music scene fraught with carefully cultivated, ultimately unrevealing, laughably insecure projections of ‘cool’ - who yells back, ‘I'm dead!’’


[no object]
  • 1Shout or exclaim hoarsely.

    ‘the fans screeched, yawped, and pounded their palms’
    • ‘I yawp when you stop breathing because in you is my own wish to survive.’
    call, shout, exclaim, sing out, yell, shriek, scream, screech, bawl, bellow, roar, whoop
    1. 1.1North American Talk foolishly or noisily.
      ‘it's as well not to yawp much about our going alone’
      • ‘In ‘Self Repeating Poem, ‘he yawps about the absurdity of a world in which we ‘eat ideas with whipped cream and die of hunger.’’


Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the early 19th century.