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The Collaborative Dictionary

Yell \Yell\, v. t. To utter or declare with a yell; to proclaim in a loud tone. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Yell \Yell\, n. A sharp, loud, hideous outcry. [1913 Webster] Their hideous yells Rend the dark welkin. --J. Philips. [1913 Webster]
Yell \Yell\ (y[e^]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Yelling.] [OE. yellen, [yogh]ellen, AS. giellan, gillan, gyllan; akin to D. gillen, OHG. gellan, G. gellen, Icel. gjalla, Sw. g[aum]lla 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. [1913 Webster] They yelleden as feendes doon in helle. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Nor the night raven, that still deadly yells. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Infernal ghosts and hellish furies round Environed thee; some howled, some yelled. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: cry, outcry, call, shout, vociferation]
2 a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain" [syn: cry]


1 utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout, shout out, cry, call, scream, holler, hollo, squall]
2 utter or declare in a very loud voice; "You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine" [syn: scream]

Moby Thesaurus

alleluia, applaud, applause, bark, battle cry, bawl, bellow, bemoan, bewail, blare, blat, blubber, boom, bray, breathe, buzz, cackle, call, caterwaul, chant, cheer, chirp, chorus of cheers, coo, crow, cry, cry for joy, cry out, deplore, drawl, exclaim, flute, gasp, give a cheer, groan, growl, grunt, hail, hallelujah, halloo, hiss, holler, hollo, hooray, hoot, hosanna, howl, hurrah, hurray, huzzah, keen, lament, lilt, make an outcry, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, paean, pant, pipe, rah, rallying cry, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shout hosanna, shriek, sibilate, sigh, sing, snap, snarl, snort, sob, squall, squawk, squeal, thunder, tirade, trumpet, twang, ululate, vociferate, wail, war cry, war whoop, warble, weep, whine, whisper, whoop, yammer, yap, yawl, yawp, yelp, yip, yippee, yo-ho, yowl





  • lang=en|/jɛl/
  • Rhymes: -ɛl


  1. shout; holler; make a loud sound with the voice.
  2. To convey by shouting.
    He yelled directions to the party from the car.



shout (verb)


  1. A shout.
Yell may refer to:
yell in German: Yell
yell in French: Yell
yell in Polish: Yell
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