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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a dog yaps (=barks – used of small dogs)
▪ A little dog was yapping at her heels.
▪ Some guy was yapping on his cell phone behind us.
▪ It was one of those little rats on leashes that lead women around Paris, yapping.
▪ Jennie always had two of the same breed yapping away in her office.
▪ Lorton opened the door, and the dachshund rushed in, yapping furiously.
▪ Six foot high and floodlit, they winked, mewed and yapped when the door bell was rung.
▪ Then up again, yapping excitedly.
▪ These lackeys of bourgeois criticism can yap in vain.
▪ They were small and they yapped.
▪ I just wish Rob would keep his yap shut.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Yap \Yap\, v. i. [Icel. gj[=a]lpa; akin to yelp. Cf. Yaup.] To bark; to yelp.


Yap \Yap\, n. A bark; a yelp.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, "bark as a (small) dog," earlier as a noun, "yapping dog" (c.1600), probably of imitative origin. Compare verb yamph in same sense (1718). Originally in reference to dog sounds; meaning "to talk idle chatter" is first recorded 1886. Related: Yapped; yapping. As a noun, 1826 in reference to the sound; 1900, American English slang as "mouth."


n. 1 The high-pitched bark of a small dog. 2 An informal talk. 3 The mouth, which produces speech. 4 (context Geordie English) A badly behaved child, a brat. vb. 1 (cx intransitive English) Of a small dog, to bark. 2 (cx intransitive slang English) To talk, especially excessively.

  1. n. informal terms for the mouth [syn: trap, cakehole, hole, maw, gob]

  2. v. bark in a high-pitched tone; "the puppies yelped" [syn: yelp, yip]

  3. [also: yapping, yapped]

YAP (Prolog)

YAP is an open source, high-performance implementation of the Prolog programming language developed at LIACC/ Universidade do Porto and at COPPE Sistemas/ UFRJ. Its Prolog engine is based in the WAM ( Warren Abstract Machine), with several optimizations for better performance. YAP follows the Edinburgh tradition, and is largely compatible with the ISO-Prolog standard and with Quintus Prolog and SICStus Prolog. YAP has been developed since 1985. The original version was written in assembly, C and Prolog, and achieved high performance on m68k-based machines.

Yap (disambiguation)

Yap is an island in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, part of Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Yap may also refer to:


Yap or Wa′ab classically refers to an island—the Yap Main Islands—located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. The name "Yap" in recent years has come to also refer to the state within the Federated States of Micronesia, inclusive of the Yap Main Islands and its various outer islands.

The Yap Main Islands is considered to be made up of four separate islands: Yap Island proper (Marbaq), Gagil-Tamil, Maap , and Rumung. The four are contiguous, though separated by water and are surrounded by a common coral reef. They are formed from an uplift of the Philippine Sea Plate, and are referred to as "high" islands as opposed to atolls. The land is mostly rolling hills, densely vegetated. Mangrove swamps line much of the shore, although there are beaches on the northern sides of the islands. Yap's indigenous cultures and traditions are strong compared to other states in Micronesia.

Colonia is the capital of the State of Yap which includes the Yap Main Islands and the Yap Neighboring Islands—the outer islands (mostly atolls) reaching to the east and south from the Yap Main Islands for some 800 km (500 mi), namely the atolls of Eauripik, Elato, Faraulep, Gaferut, Ifalik, Lamotrek, Ngulu, Olimarao, Piagailoe (West Fayu), Pikelot, Sorol, Ulithi, and Woleai, as well as the islands of Fais and Satawal (see map). Historically, a tributary system existed between the Neighboring Islands and the Yap Main Islands. This probably related to the need for goods from the high islands, including food, as well as wood for construction of seagoing vessels.

In 2000 the population was 11,241 in both Colonia and ten other municipalities. The state has a total land area of .

Yap (company)

Yap Speech Cloud was a multimodal speech recognition system developed by American technology company Yap Inc. It offered a fully cloud-based speech-to-text transcription platform that was used by customers such as Microsoft.

The Company was a contestant at the inaugural TechCrunch conference and was subsequently acquired by Amazon in September 2011 to help develop products such as Alexa Voice Service, Echo, and Fire TV.

Usage examples of "yap".

Tip reached the bayberry bush, paused to yap once at her master, and then wriggled through the bush and after the deer.

You got your purple and the yap Chib makes from selling his paintings.

And now Yap heard a new noise, a low buzzing and chirping and clacking and gnashing noise, the undercurrent of a thousand pairs of legs, wings, and mouths, and he suddenly realized what they were.

A possum yarred from the big eucalypt Jack had left standing behind to shade the cottage, and Rory answered its challenge with staccato yaps.

Zhukov stooped to pick up the silently yapping Laika while Colonel Vladimir Korolev, commander of the Red Star base, strolled into the room from the elevator.

Entirely aside from his thoughts of self-preservation, Lok was exhilarated by the scene: the sleek tan body rippling with taut muscles, the wide grassy theater of action, and the excited yaps of an approaching troupe of dead eaters gathering at a distance to dispose of the loser.

The Yap Flower began to shake Tom like a maraca in time with the music.

Fortunately, most interference canceled out in time, no matter how loud the Purists yapped.

Circling the rekin, pushing past a gang of strangers half-heartedly urging two yapping dogs into a full-blown fight, he saw his quarry.

Nell hardly noticed this incongruity because the corgis heard Rita turning the latch on the glass doors and rushed toward them yapping, and this drew out the Constable himself, who approached them squinting through the dark glass, and once he was out from behind the rhodies, Nell could see that there was something amiss with the flesh of his body.

In the robes of a Patron of the University, reclining in her salon surrounded by devotional books, sacred icons, and three hideous little yapping dogs, she looked equal parts scholarly sancta and kennel keeper.

Two scabrous dogs came yapping out of the wreck and ran after her car, then quickly gave it up.

This pair cut out a valetudinarian gnu, or at any rate one that was, for whatever reason, slower on its pins than the others, and after yapping around its heels for a moment or so, went for its haunches and brought it down.

She was amazed at the absence of accusatory yaps when he found the intruder in their kitchen.

That was how our neighbors talked, and the beer truck drivers, shipyard workers, Brosen fishermen, the women who worked in the Amada margarine factory, housemaids, marketwomen on Saturday, garbage collectors on Tuesday, they all yapped their words querulously, and even the schoolteachers yapped, though in a more refined way, and the postal and police officials, and on Sunday the pastor in the pulpit.