To yawp is to cry out or whine loudly. Don't yawp over spilled milk; just clean it up.

The harsh sound of a yawp is similar to a yelp — your new puppy might yawp from his crate when you put him to bed at night. People yawp too, calling out in despair or victory or anger. The most famous instance of the word yawp is probably Walt Whitman's, in Leaves of Grass. In the section of his celebrated poem called "Song of Myself," he writes: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

Definitions of yawp
  1. verb
    make a raucous noise
    synonyms: bawl
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    type of:
    howl, roar
    make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles
  2. verb
    complain whiningly
    synonyms: grizzle, whine, yammer
    snivel, whine
    talk in a tearful manner
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
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