- The definition of a yell is a loud, sharp cry or shout, especially one of pain or delight.
A shout of "ouch" when you pinch your fingers is an example of a yell.
- To yell is to raise your voice and shout, often in anger or frustration.
When you shout at your child not to touch the stove, this is an example of a time when you yell at your child.
A man yells.
Origin of yellMiddle English yellen ; from Old English giellan, akin to Old Norse gjalla, Old High German gellan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghel-, to cry out from source Classical Greek chelidōn, a swallow
- a loud outcry or shout; shriek; scream
- ☆ a rhythmic cheer given in unison, as by students at a school or college football game
verbyelled, yell·ing, yells
- A loud cry; a shout.
- A cheer uttered or chanted in unison.
Origin of yellMiddle English yellen, from Old English giellan, gellan; see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present yells, present participle yelling, simple past and past participle yelled)
- (intransitive) shout; holler; make a loud sound with the voice.
- to convey by shouting
- He yelled directions to the party from the car.
To yell at someone is as in a hostile manner, while to yell to someone means to speak loudly so as to be heard.
- (Ulster) dry (of cow)