1. pertaining to speech.
(a) (US, also yapper, yop) the mouth, usu. in derog. sense, e.g. shut your yap! etc.
|Down-Easters I 78: You shet your yop, an’ mind your own business.|
|High Life in N.Y. I 40: Hold your yop, you tarnal Frenchman!|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Jan. 20/1: Thy yap is now silent, thy bed is stone-cold, / Where thy smile and thy welcome met us of old.|
|Herald (Los Angeles) 28 Oct. 9/1: They don’t dare open their yap.|
|DN II:i 70: yap, n. The mouth.‘College Words & Phrases’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 35/1: An’ ’old yer yap, Sam, for five minutes, if yer possibly ken, while I finish this ’ere interestin’ story I’m readin’ of.|
|Bar-20 Days 24: You shut your yap!|
|White Moll 174: It’s just a couple of crooks that won’t dare open their yaps to the bulls.|
|Me – Gangster 201: Keep yer yap shut.|
|in Sidewalks of America (1954) 400: When day is dawning, / Our yappers are yawning / For ‘Oh! you ham and eggs.’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 644: She sits there very quiet all afternoon, never once opening her yap.‘Baseball Hattie’|
|Hollywood Detective July [Internet] I seized the bourbon bottle [...], tilted it to my yapper and let a generous jorum run down my alimentary tract.‘Dead Don’t Dream’ in|
|Really the Blues 35: Before I had a chance to open my yap, [he] said, ‘Shut up or I’ll bust you in the nose.’.|
|One Lonely Night 151: He waited until we were in the car before he opened his yap.|
|Gentleman Junkie (1961) 118: Aggie never could keep her yap shut.‘Sally in Our Alley’|
|In the Life 93: My yapper keeps doing a big sales pitch. [Ibid.] 80: I dig enough to keep my yap shut.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 23: The first thought which occurs to the Law is — who among the servants has opened their big yap?|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 33: Shut your goddamned yap.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 429: The yap that is a person’s mouth, as in ‘Shut your big yap.’.|
|Legs 5: Yuh been on my ass since yuh first opened yur yap.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 114: He opened his yap and started talking.|
|Nature Girl 147: Shut your fat yap.|
|Gutted 258: Shut yer fucking yap!|
(b) (orig. US, also yop) idle, trivial chatter; an act of speaking (see cit. 1940).
|High Life in N.Y. II 59: It took nigh upon three minutes afore the consarned fellers would stop their yop.|
|Marvel 22 May 15: Come and [...] listen to my musical yap, while I unfolds my ideas.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 June 9/5: [from McClure’s Mag.] No, the master ‘didn’t get no yap out-a The Snitcher’ .|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That the foul language horror is still prevalent in Perth. That three particularly obscene words seem to be indispensable to street yap.|
|Limehouse Nights 302: Cut yer blasted yap, cancher, yer rotten old nuisance!|
|‘A Woman’s Way’ in Chisholm (1951) 89: Me yap’s a dud [...] My conversation ain’t the dinkum brand.|
|Sudden 8: Another yap outa yu an’ I’ll serve the other two the same.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 110: ‘One yap’ll be yore last,’ he warned.|
|Thieves’ Market 81: You and your yap.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 114: Some wild yap about jail and court and lawyers.letter 2 Apr.|
|In the Life 61: She should talk, with her lousy yap.|
|Burn 45: Let ’em go on with their yap.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 126: Shut up! [...] I’m not in the mood for your yap.|
|Guardian G2 22 July 22: Bags of yap.|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] yap v. incessant chatter.|
|Life 484: [He] tried to tell me how to improve the track. Yap, yap, yap.|
(c) (Irish, also yerp) a whining, complaining person.
(d) (US, also yapper, yap yap) a chatterer.
|DN II:v 337: yap, n. A noisy, worthless fellow. Don’t mind him; he’s nothing but a yap.‘Dialect of Southeastern Missouri’ in|
|Jock of the Bushveld 31: The questions sprung briskly, as only a ‘yapper’ puts them.|
|Sun (NY) 18 July 29/1: ‘By Judas!’ he continued, ‘mebby that’s what’s the matter with them yaps’.|
|Broadway Brevities Dec 28: Horrors of a Month. The election night yaps.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 311: Yapper, A: A windbag. A chatterer.|
|Jarnegan (1928) 100: I’m divorced from that slick-headed yap.|
|More Aus. Nicknames 80: The Yapper She can talk even when drinking.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 53: Yap Yap Talkative person.|
(e) (US, also yapper) a tell-tale, an informer.
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 199: He’s the rottenest sneak in the dump, a swell-head yap.|
|Man’s Grim Justice in Hamilton Men of the Und. 269: What a sucker I was to trust that yap.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 619: Y stands for Yaps with the rotten town guard.|
|(ref. to 1928) in Under Hook 65: If I’d had my way I’d have blabbed the lot of them. Because I was a yapper.|
(f) a sound.
|Bar-20 Days [Internet] Ch. ii: You make any more yaps like that an’ I’ll wing you for keeps with yore own gun!|
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 86: The next guy who makes a yap takes off alone.|
(g) (orig. US) a chat, a conversation.
|Jimmy Brockett 270: As soon as I finished my yap with Dave Lambert I was off to see Pat Regan.|
|Brummagem Dict. [Internet] : yap vi. to talk idly; [...] ‘We ’ad a good ’ole yap.’.|
(h) a petty swindler.
2. fig., derog. uses .
(a) (US, also yappo) a contemptible person, irrespective of class or background.
|Donaldsville Chief (LA) 26 Sept. 1/3: That’s the way to give it to them yaps out there.|
|in Plumbers’ Trade Journal 1 Jan. in Stallman (1966) 123: Get outa th’ way, you yap.|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xii: All the yaps out in that neighborhood are lining out for the spring plowing now while the yaps here are lining out for the spring millinery openings.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 221: He rounded up a lot of college fellows [...] yaps that live off their fathers’ money.|
|Sun (NY) 10 May 8/2: The cheapest bunch of commercial yappos this side of South Bend, Ind.|
|Man’s Grim Justice in Hamilton Men of the Und. 271: I’ll make those yaps sweat blood when I get out.|
|Bruiser 104: Them big yaps are duck soup for me.|
|12 Feb. [synd. col.] Playing stage-door Johnny and all-around yap.|
(b) (US, also yawp) a derog. term for a peasant, a rustic simpleton; also attrib.
|R].Texas Steer n.p.: Instead of his being the only ‘yap’, as he calls it, in Congress, there were about two hundred other members [|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 76: The elderly Man was a Yap. He wore a Hickory Shirt, a discouraged Straw Hat, a pair of Barn-Door Pants clinging to one lonely Gallus.|
|Inter Ocean (Chicago) 25 Jan. 34/6: Yap-like I asked who the something or other Eddie Glennon was.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 222: As unsuspecting a yap as one could wish to find.|
|Torchy 283: A big, overgrown, tow haired yawp that’s trailin’ along in the rear luggin’ a canvas valise.|
|N.Y. Times Mag. 30 Apr. 5/2: Eben Holden [...] Irving Bacheller. Yap yarn. There's no kick coming from this one. It’s straight dope from the drop of the hat.My View on Books in|
|in Yank Talk 11: What shall I buy when I’ve need of a tie? [...] Would a touch of sky blue and a green check or two Be suggestive of yeggs or of yaps?|
|Professor How Could You! 120: If any of these yaps (hicks) tries to get funny, just give him a dirty look and clam up.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 256: So all you flip yaps ease up on your traps.‘The Hobo’s Warning’|
|Gangster Girl 4: She wasn’t yap enough not to know that Silk Freeman was a big shot. And he was.|
|Blue Ribbon Western Nov. [Internet] Let the yap yoop his brains out.‘Billy the Kidder’|
|Men of the Und. 326: Yap, A stupid person.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 823: yap – A farmer; newcomer; greenhorn.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 429: yap. A dolt or other person easy to dupe; especially a country sucker, an inhabitant of yap town, a.k.a. dog town.|
(c) (also yap-yap) attrib. use of sense 2b.
|Back to the Woods 63: The yap policeman was for taking Bunch right back to the donjon cell in the rear.|
|World of Jimmy Breslin (1968) 45: They put me in the yap-yap class, the one that got all the dunces in it.|
(d) (US Und.) a criminal’s victim.
|World of Graft 42: The citizens are the jayest push o’ yaps in this country.|
|Gentle Grafter (1915) 152: I stand on a street corner and sell a solid gold diamond ring to a yap for $3.00.‘The Man Higher Up’ in|
|Sun (NY) 11 Feb. 11/2: This here yap can’t git away fr’m Arkansas City afo’ to-morrow.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 13: Let the yaps keep their money.|
|Gangster Girl 164: Soon as we clean up this Yale yap.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 242/1: Yap. A stupid person of no consequence; a seemingly gullible prospective victim of thieves, especially swindlers.et al.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 429: yap. A dolt or other person easy to dupe; especially a country sucker.|
(e) (US tramp) a novice within the hobo community.
|AS IV:5 346: Yap — A new, untutored arrival.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
a night club.
|‘On Broadway’ 31 Mar. [synd. col.] It happened in one of the 52nd Street yap asylums, acording to Henny Youngman.|
(US) a rustic.
|Top-Notch 1 Sept. [Internet] The first yap-bean who tried to spear the prize was a bird who owned a goatee and a suit that would have made a hit during the times of Robert E. Lee.‘Hail the Professor’|
(US) a vehicle taking tourists on sightseeing tours.
|Wash. Herald (DC) 27 Apr. 6/5: In the old days before Chinatown became a side show for yap wagons.|
|‘New York Day by Day’ 31 May [synd. col.] Yokels waiting for yap wagons to go to Chinatown.|
|‘New York Day by Day’ 15 Sept. [synd. col.] The yap wagon barkers have a difficult time these dog days.|
(US) to be quiet.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 159: I thought I told you to clap your yap?‘Look Me in the Eye, Boy!’|
see shoot off one’s mouth under shoot off v.
|Sporting Times 8 Apr. 2/4: You can get to work at slinging the yap out on your own.|
see zip one’s lip v.