yammer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Dutch jammeren cognate and reinforced by Middle English yeoumeren (to mourn, complain), from Old English ġeōmrian (to lament), from ġeōmor (sorrowful), from Proto-Germanic *jēmaraz (miserable, sorrowful), from Proto-Indo-European *yem- (to hold, match, defeat). Akin to German Jammer.

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Verb[edit]

yammer (third-person singular simple present yammers, present participle yammering, simple past and past participle yammered)

  1. (intransitive) To complain peevishly.
  2. (intransitive) To talk loudly and persistently.
  3. (transitive) To repeat on and on, usually loudly or in complaint.
  4. (intransitive, rare) To make an outcry; to clamor.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 17, page 182, ¶ 1
      It was a ship, but a whale to the Dark Nebula’s minnow; and on its side was the Spaceship-and-Sun of the Empire. Every alarm on the ship yammered hysterically.

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Noun[edit]

yammer (uncountable)

  1. The act or noise of yammering.
  2. A loud noise.
  3. One who yammers.

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References[edit]

  • yammer” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • yammer” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae yammer (third-person singular simple present yammers, present participle yammerin, simple past yammert, past participle yammert)

  1. (intransitive) to lament
  2. (intransitive) to yearn for something

Noun[edit]

yammer (uncountable)

  1. a cry of lamentation
  2. the act of yammerin