- 1[intransitive] yap (at somebody/something) (especially of small dogs) to bark a lot, making a high, sharp and usually irritating sound The dogs yapped at his heels. yapping dogs
- 2[intransitive] (informal) to talk in a silly, noisy and usually irritating way Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a dog that yaps): imitative.
BrE BrE//jæp//; NAmE NAmE//jæp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yap
BrE BrE//jæp//; NAmE NAmE//jæp//he / she / it yaps
BrE BrE//jæps//; NAmE NAmE//jæps//past simple yapped
BrE BrE//jæpt//; NAmE NAmE//jæpt//past participle yapped
BrE BrE//jæpt//; NAmE NAmE//jæpt//-ing form yapping
BrE BrE//ˈjæpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈjæpɪŋ//