v. yapped, yap·ping, yaps
1. To bark sharply or shrilly; yelp.
2. Slang To talk noisily or stupidly; jabber.
To utter by yapping.
1. A sharp, shrill bark; a yelp.
2. Slang Noisy, stupid talk; jabber.
3. Slang The mouth: Shut your yap.
4. Slang A stupid, crude, or loud person.
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