verb (used without object), yapped, yap·ping.

  1. to bark sharply, shrilly, or snappishly; yelp.
  2. Slang. to talk shrilly, noisily, or foolishly.

verb (used with object), yapped, yap·ping.

  1. to utter by yapping.


  1. a sharp, shrill, or snappish bark; yelp.
  2. Slang.
    1. shrill, noisy, or foolish talk.
    2. the mouth: Keep your yap shut.
  3. Slang. an uncouth or stupid person; bumpkin; fool.

verb yaps, yapping or yapped (intr)

  1. (of a dog) to bark in quick sharp bursts; yelp
  2. informal to talk at length in an annoying or stupid way; jabber


  1. a high-pitched or sharp bark; yelp
  2. slang annoying or stupid speech; jabber
  3. slang a derogatory word for mouth


  1. (usually reiterated) an imitation or representation of the sound of a dog yapping or people jabbering


  1. a group of four main islands in the W Pacific, in the W Caroline Islands: administratively a district of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947; became self-governing in 1979 as part of the Federated States of Micronesia; important Japanese naval base in World War II. Pop: 11 647 (2006 est). Area: 101 sq km (39 sq miles)

adj.1909, from yap + -y (2). v.c.1600, probably of imitative origin. Originally in reference to dog sounds; meaning “to talk idle chatter” is first recorded 1886. Related: Yapped; yapping.

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