YELL in sign language

Find out how to sign 'yell' in sign language. Plus, enjoy the humor.

ASL signs for YELL

How do you say 'yell' in ASL?

Meaning: To give a loud, sharp cry; to speak with a strong, loud, clear sound; shout.

Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "claw-5" handshape with the palm facing inward in front of the chin moves upward and slightly outward.

Related signs: SHOUT, SCREAM, WAIL.

Deaf Joke/Humor

"A Deaf couple have an argument. The woman gets heated and begins moving her hands in a larger path than normal. The husband then signs, "NOT NEED YELL. I DEAF NOT BLIND." Sutton-Spence & Napoli.

Cultural etiquette: To keep in mind, in general a Deaf joke that reflects Deaf experiences is usually told by Deaf people only.

Humor by Bizarro
Comic by Dan Piraro, Bizarro, 2009.

"Stop yelling at me or I'll turn off the light!"

Funny, it's a bit exaggerating. In reality, a deaf kid would just simply close their eyes or turn their head away. It's an equivalent to a hearing kid plugging their forefingers into their ears and loudly vocalizes "la la la la".

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for YELL

ASL digit written and contributed by Todd Hicks the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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