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Webster 1913 Edition


Yell

Yell

(yĕl)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Yelled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Yelling
.]
[OE.
yellen
,
ȝellen
, AS.
giellan
,
gillan
,
gyllan
; akin to D.
gillen
, OHG.
gellan
, G.
gellen
, Icel.
gjalla
, Sw.
gälla
to ring, resound, and to AS., OS., & OHG.
galan
to sing, Icel.
gala
. Cf. 1st
Gale
, and
Nightingale
.]
To cry out, or shriek, with a hideous noise; to cry or scream as with agony or horror.
They
yelleden
as feendes doon in helle.
Chaucer.
Nor the night raven, that still deadly
yells
.
Spenser.
Infernal ghosts and hellish furies round
Environed thee; some howled, some
yelled
.
Milton.

Yell

,
Verb.
T.
To utter or declare with a yell; to proclaim in a loud tone.
Shak.

Yell

,
Noun.
A sharp, loud, hideous outcry.
Their hideous
yells

Rend the dark welkin.
J. Philips.

Webster 1828 Edition


Yell

YELL

,
Verb.
I.
[It agrees in elements with call.] To cry out with a hideous noise; to cry or scream as with agony or horror. Savages yell most frightfully when they are rushing to the first onset of battle.
Nor the night raven, that still deadly yells.

YELL

,
Noun.
A sharp, loud, hideous outcry.
Their hideous yells rend the dark welkin.

Definition 2022


yell

yell

See also: ye'll

English

Verb

yell (third-person singular simple present yells, present participle yelling, simple past and past participle yelled)

  1. (intransitive) shout; holler; make a loud sound with the voice.
  2. (transitive) to convey by shouting
    He yelled directions to the party from the car.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
Usage notes

To yell at someone is as in a hostile manner, while to yell to someone means to speak loudly so as to be heard.

Noun

yell (plural yells)

  1. A shout.
  2. A phrase to be shouted.
    • 1912, The Michigan Alumnus (volume 18, page 152)
      After the dinner a general reception was held in the spacious parlors of the hotel during which the occasion was very much enlivened with the old college songs and old college yells, which transported us all in mind and feelings []

Etymology 2

Borrowing from Scots yeld (ceasing to give milk).

Adjective

yell (not comparable)

  1. (Ulster) dry (of cow)