Meaning of “yell” in the English Dictionary

"yell" in British English

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yellverb [ I or T ]

uk /jel/ us /jel/

B2 to shout something or make a loud noise, usually when you are angry, in pain, or excited:

Our neighbours were yelling (obscenities) at each other this morning.
The child yelled out in pain.
[ + speech ] "Just get out of here!" she yelled.

More examples

  • Jeez, don't yell at me - I'm just telling you what she said!
  • We crept up behind her and yelled "Boo!"
  • She yelled at the children to sit down.
  • We could hear the neighbours yelling at each other.
  • Don't yell at me, I heard you the first time!
noun [ C usually singular ] uk us


Suddenly there was a loud yell from the bathroom.

(Definition of “yell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"yell" in American English

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yellverb [ I/T ]

us /jel/

to shout words or make a loud noise, often when you want to get someone’s attention or because you are angry, excited, or in pain:

"Come back," they yelled.
[ I ] Snyder heard a woman yell for help.
noun [ C ] us /jel/

We all let out a yell of satisfaction.

(Definition of “yell” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)