Meaning of yell in English:


Pronunciation /jɛl/

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  • 1A loud, sharp cry of pain, surprise, or delight.

    ‘her foot slipped and she gave a yell of fear’
    • ‘In his mind, he can hear the screams and yells of men as pain and suffering gripped them.’
    • ‘The man let out a short, sharp yell of pain and dropped his arm to cover his wound.’
    • ‘She put her arms agaist the wall and put her head down and let out a loud, long yell of frustation and fear.’
    • ‘With a yell of surprise, he turned to find Louise standing behind him, a big grin on her face.’
    • ‘Halfway between anger and pain, his yell begins as a firm shout but falls weakly to the floor.’
    • ‘Brian's screams and yells of pain and help echoed and echoed throughout the night sky.’
    • ‘We chatted for a bit, then I heard a loud yell and we went to explore upstairs.’
    • ‘Those in distant suburbs undoubtedly heard her yells of pain and misery.’
    • ‘Carter yells through the loud yells of delight and the resonant music.’
    • ‘With a mighty lunge Barth managed to land a solid kick on the creature's side, and its sharp yell of pain tore through the air.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there was a sickening crack, followed by a loud yell of pain.’
    • ‘The sharp yell pierced the walls and a loud echo erupted from them.’
    • ‘I got a loud yell in response - something about him waiting for a 150 mb file to be emailed to him from one of his clients.’
    • ‘Loud shouts, yells, and laughs ran from the tavern and out onto the street, disturbing the town's late night silence.’
    • ‘Screams of pain, yells of anger, crashes of metal on metal, blasts of magic, and snaps of armor or people all ran across his ears at once.’
    • ‘There came a sharp yell directed towards the six newcomers, and Tamora swiveled her head in its direction with dismissive interest.’
    • ‘Eliza made a loud yell from the other side of the room.’
    • ‘Loud yells and screams deafened Laura from any sound.’
    • ‘Surprised by the sudden yell he lost control of the car for a moment and swerved onto the other side of the road causing a car coming in the opposite direction to blare its horn.’
    • ‘I gave a loud yell of indignation when the book was wrenched from my hands, and I looked up to see Alex staring down at me, amusement glittering in his stormy eyes.’
    cry, yelp, call, shout, howl, yowl, wail, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, squeal
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    1. 1.1North American An organized cheer, especially one used to support a sports team.
      ‘The sounds of their feet stomping forward and their assorted yells echoed in the gym.’
      • ‘The head official finished as yells and cheers erupted from the people in the high boxes on the wall.’
      • ‘At least three poker games were in session with yells of victory or groans of loss that shook the walls.’
      • ‘As they finished their last song, I rushed up to talk to them amidst cheers and yells from the crowd.’
      • ‘The Fort Charlotte players and fans, let out yells of delight as the side took full control of the game.’
      • ‘The yells and screams continued, rippling down the grandstand to the finish.’
      • ‘They began to shout yells of victory as they watched the Unions retreat.’
      • ‘He looked into the crowd, first to the left then the right, all the while letting his people idolize him with cheers and yells.’
      • ‘This, coupled with the frenzied yells of the supporters, makes even the most mundane fight a thrilling event.’
      • ‘No cheerleaders here - the Aggies have five yell leaders who lead yells.’
      • ‘And then Ben's match began, and it was him I cheered for instead, my yells sounding hollow even to my own ears.’
      • ‘Across the territory, beaches were filled with the thud of drum beats and the yells of participating teams and their supporters.’
      • ‘As the fight prolonged Makeba grew tired of running and at times stood his ground to exchange punches eliciting yells of approvals from the crowd.’
      • ‘Most of the Toro-ke were there, and the cheers and yells and catcalls and whoops made by everyone nearly knocked Maeya over upon their descent.’
      • ‘With three guards behind him, the man called Ryuma Kakounji gaited up through the cheers and yells from star-struck commoners and fans.’
      • ‘In their dug-out, the occupants were shouting for the referee to blow for time. Their supporters were poised for the celebratory yells.’
      • ‘The gym erupted in yells and hoots and whistles.’
      • ‘With all those cheers, yells, and the occasional moan when a favourite player is out, just when you thought he will score another 50 or 100.’
      • ‘After a while, I heard a loud noise, the mixture of two hundred cheers and yells as the graduating class concluded their ceremony and celebrated the beginning of a new chapter of their lives.’
      • ‘The terraces that for years echoed to the cheers, yells - and sometimes boos - of generations of proud Manchester City supporters are fast being reduced to dust.’
      shout, cry, call, yell, roar, scream, shriek, screech, hoot, hoop, cheer, hurrah
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  • 2British informal, dated in singular An extremely amusing person or thing.

    wit, hoot, comedian, comic, entertainer, joker, clown, buffoon
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[no object]
  • Shout in a loud, sharp way.

    ‘you heard me losing my temper and yelling at her’
    • ‘Mr Singh chased the man out the door and yelled at him as he ran off then got in a car.’
    • ‘We were then greeted by a loud thud against the door and a very loud voice yelling at us.’
    • ‘At one point Marie yelled at me to shut up because she wanted them to all come back next week.’
    • ‘Dom yelled louder than he should have while he pointed to a girl in the middle of the remains.’
    • ‘They yelled that I should throw them a line, so that they might drag me in to the shore.’
    • ‘My first instinct was to protect Susan so I yelled at her to run home and call the police.’
    • ‘One time comes to mind when a girl was at the bar constantly yelling and screaming.’
    • ‘How is that possible when I could hear some woman down the hallway yelling all the time?’
    • ‘Estrella heard a voice yell out in surprise that was followed by a laugh of unexpectedness.’
    • ‘How many times had I yelled and screamed at him over the years we'd known each other?’
    • ‘All over, everyone was yelling and shouting and jumping up and down like maniacs.’
    • ‘You're in the middle of the field, and they're screaming and yelling and all excited.’
    • ‘One is yelling into a mobile phone, demanding to know why the taxi firm won't pick up groups of more than six.’
    • ‘The car made a U-turn, the men in the car yelling and gesturing angrily at me.’
    • ‘Cleo hit back at him and tore at his arms with her nails, kicking his as hard as she could and yelling even louder than before.’
    • ‘Islanders goaltender Chris Osgood comes out of his crease and yells at the rookie, his anger obvious.’
    • ‘The average woman yanks more hairs in a lifetime than the AFL and yells louder than Fiona McDonald.’
    • ‘Are you one of those players that yells at questionable referee calls or yells at your own teammates when they make a mistake?’
    • ‘Rohan Merry, who was driving the car, said he heard his friend yell in pain and turned to his side to see blood pouring from Andrew's head.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he heard his friend yell and the team swerved left.’
    • ‘The final written product from such a topic is an invigorated piece of writing where every single word leaps out from the page and yells at you as loud as possible.’
    cry out, call out, call at the top of one's voice, yelp, shout, howl, yowl, wail, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, squeal
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Old English g(i)ellan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gillen and German gellen.