Word of the Day

yawp \YAWP\ verb
1 : to make a raucous noise : squawk
*2 : clamor, complain
Example sentence:
Bob was unpopular with the office supervisors because he was always yawping loudly about his working conditions.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

In our house, it simply means ‘yes‘, as in:
Did you feed the dog yet? Yawp

Did you know?
“Yawp” first appeared sometime in the 14th century. This verb comes from the Middle English “yolpen,” most likely itself derived from the past participle of “yelpen,” meaning “to boast, call out, or yelp.” Interestingly, “yawp” retains much of the meaning of “yelpen,” in that it implies a type of complaining which often has a yelping or squawking quality. An element of foolishness, in addition to the noisiness, is often implied as well. “Yawp” can also be a noun meaning “a raucous noise” or “squawk.” The noun “yawp” arrived on the scene approximately 500 years after the verb. It was greatly popularized by “Song of Myself,” a poem by Walt Whitman containing the line “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

9 Responses to “Word of the Day”

  1. Crusader says:


  2. ACK! Shades of Dead Poet Society!

  3. ACK! Shades of Dead Poet Society!

  4. Ken Summers says:

    I forgot. Which one’s Boomhauer this week?

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