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YALL, v., n. Also yaal, yaul, yawl, yolle. [jɑ:l]

I. v. tr. and absol. To yell, scream, howl, cry out loudly (Sc. 1808 Jam., yaul; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Sh., n.Sc. 1974), to clamour. Also in Eng. dial. Vbl.n. yawlin. Abd. 1844  W. Thom Rhymes 71:
Through blifferts o' caul' they yaumer an' yaul.
Gsw. 1863  J. Young Ingle Nook 86:
Fruit o' his yardie, an' fruits o' his rod, Sent famine a yaulin' frae Poortith's abode.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) 127:
Aye the unearthly yawlin' gaed on.
Sh. 1928  Shetland Times (14 July):
Hits naethin fur some o dem ta be yallin fur twa submarines an a cruiser afore brakwist.

II. n. A shout, cry, howl (n.Sc. 1974). Rxb. 1824  Rymour Club Misc. II. 47:
He opened his gob with unyirthly-like yolle.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 62:
This feenisht up wi' a terrific yawl.
Abd. 1943  W. S. Forsyth Guff o' Waur 10:
For dark's the nicht, and auld Tam's yall — Fegs! 'Tis nae mowze to hear.
Sh. 1955  New Shetlander No. 41. 8:
No a soond wis heard bit a tirrik's yall.

[O.Sc. yawl, to yell, 1680, Mid.Eng. ȝaule, to yell, variant of yowl, of imit. orig., phs. based on yell. Cf. Norw. dial. jala, L.Ger. jaulen, to howl.]

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"Yall v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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