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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English yellen, from Old English ġiellan, from Proto-Germanic *gellaną.


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.
Derived termsEdit
Usage notesEdit

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


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 2Edit

Borrowing from Scots yeld ("ceasing to give milk").


yell (not comparable)

  1. (Ulster) dry (of cow)
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