Part of speech:
"Yammer" is usually an intransitive verb.
(Like “sleep,” “skydive,” and “succeed,” all intransitive verbs show complete action on their own and do not do action to an object. You sleep, you skydive, you succeed, and that’s it. You don’t “sleep a bed,” “skydive a plane,” or “succeed a plan”.
Likewise, someone yammers.)
When you yammer, you talk loudly or talk in a whining, complaining way. Yammering is always annoying.
How to use it:
Talk about someone yammering, or someone yammering on or yammering on about something (as in "She yammered on, ignoring our bored looks" and "She yammered on about what she'd dreamed last night") or someone yammering about something "(She yammered about what she'd dreamed last night.") You can yammer away, yammer endlessly, and so on. Lastly, "yammering" can be a noun ("His yammering is so irritating") and an adjective ("yammering voices," "yammering cell phone conversations in public," etc.)
I'd like to think I'd be really chill if I met a celebrity I love in person, but I'd probably just yammer in a profoundly dorky way.
The apartment complex was beautiful, but the residents out on their balconies, smoking and yammering at each other, made us pass on it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "yammer" means when you can explain it without saying "blah blah blah" or "complain."
Think of the last time you had to listen politely while someone talked about something you don't care about, and fill in the blanks: “I (did something) as (someone) yammered on about _____.”
Example: “I waited for a chance to say 'No, thank you' as the telemarketer yammered on about a credit card offer.”
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Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Bryant H. McGill: “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
1. The opposite of YAMMERING is
2. Because he spent most of dinner on their first date yammering, she _____.
A. texted him immediately for a second date.
B. found a polite way to end the evening early.
C. was confused about whether he actually liked her.
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