yap for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (jæp)
Word forms: yaps, yapping, yapped
If a small dog yaps, it makes short loud sounds in an excited way. [V] ⇒ The little dog yapped frantically. [V-ing] ⇒ ...two yapping cairn terriers.
If you say that someone yaps, you mean that they talk continuously in an annoying way. [informal] [V] ⇒ The guy just loves to yap, and will do so at length. [Vat/about n] ⇒ She keeps yapping at me about Joe.
`Shut your yap , Caroline, the Decadents are all right,' Owenretorted.David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYSI would do a minimum to find the dog's owners, and if I could not, why then he could yap and grovel at my heels for ever, disgracing me.Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIESAs usual, I heard Gustave's staccato yap , and Gwen Nielson calming him down: `There's a marvellous watch-dog!Barnard, Robert THE DISPOSAL OF THE LIVING