Definition of yap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    yap

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] (informal) to talk in a silly, noisy and usually irritating way
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a dog that yaps): imitative.

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