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yell (v.)

Old English giellan (West Saxon), gellan (Mercian) "to yell, sound, shout," class III strong verb (past tense geal, past participle gollen), from Proto-Germanic *gel- (source also of Old Norse gjalla "to resound," Middle Dutch ghellen, Dutch gillen, Old High German gellan, German gellen "to yell"), extended form of root of Old English galan "to sing" (source of the -gale in nightingale); from PIE root *ghel- (1) "to call." Intransitive sense from early 13c. Related: Yelled; yelling.

yell (n.)

late 14c., originally in Scottish, from yell (v.).

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Definitions of yell
1
yell (v.)
utter a sudden loud cry;
I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me
Synonyms: shout / shout out / cry / call / scream / holler / hollo / squall
yell (v.)
utter or declare in a very loud voice;
You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine
Synonyms: scream
2
yell (n.)
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition;
Synonyms: cry / outcry / call / shout / vociferation
yell (n.)
a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate);
a yell of pain
Synonyms: cry
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