What does yips mean?

Definitions for yips

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yips.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yipsnoun

    nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)

    "to avoid the yips he changed his style of putting"


  1. yipsnoun

    A nervous condition which prevents a sportsman from playing properly; especially a condition which causes a golfer to miss an easy putt, or a tennis player to serve a double fault.


  1. Yips

    Yips or the yips is the apparent loss of fine motor skills without apparent explanation, in one of a number of different sports. The technical term is focal dystonia. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained, loss of previous skills. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level. 'The yips' is also used as a facetious excuse for muffing a seemingly easy athletic task, such as a six-inch putt, when the true cause of the failure can often be attributed to other causes such as folding under pressure.

Suggested Resources

  1. YIPS

    What does YIPS stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the YIPS acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for yips »

  1. I spy, I-spy

  2. I spy

  3. I-spy

How to pronounce yips?

How to say yips in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yips in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yips in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of yips in a Sentence

  1. Brendon Todd:

    Ball-striking yips. Hitting a 4-iron like 50 yards right out of play every round and I did that for like two years.

Images & Illustrations of yips

  1. yipsyipsyipsyipsyips

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for yips

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for yips »


Find a translation for the yips definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these yips definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "yips." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 3 Dec. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/yips>.

    Are we missing a good definition for yips? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a wide scope
    • A. anil
    • B. ditch
    • C. ignominy
    • D. sweep

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for yips: