There are 2 definitions of warble in English:

warble1

Line breaks: war¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːb(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of a bird) sing softly and with a succession of constantly changing notes: larks were warbling in the trees
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    • Across the river birds warble in the bush - wood pigeons, tui and native parrots flit among the nikau palms and kahikatea.
    • There were popping sounds, birds warbling, half-stifled cries - of rigmarole of street sounds that just totally entranced me.
    • As the weather heats up this summer, frog song may be as easy to hear as bird warbling.
    Synonyms
    trill, sing, chirp, chirrup, chirr, cheep, twitter, tweet, whistle, chatter, squeak, pipe, peep
  • 1.1(Of a person) sing in a trilling or quavering voice: he warbled in an implausible soprano
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    • She slowly let go of his hand and walked behind the makeshift stage, where a woman was warbling out a country song.
    • In the Outer Hebrides they still sing a very ancient kind of unaccompanied plainchant - first the minister starts warbling, then the congregation joins in, ululating and carolling, nasally.
    • Willie Nelson is warbling through the stereo and the sun is slipping fast into the Texas Hill Country.

noun

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Origin

late Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'melody'): from Old Northern French werble (noun), werbler (verb), of Germanic origin; related to whirl.

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There are 2 definitions of warble in English:

warble2

Line breaks: war¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːb(ə)l
 
/

noun

  • 1A swelling or abscess beneath the skin on the back of cattle, horses, and other mammals, caused by the presence of the larva of a warble fly.
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    • Deregulating the rendering process and/or dosing cattle for warbles with organo-phosphates gave us mad cow disease.
    • The Minister urged herdowners to inspect all their cattle for warbles on a regular and systematic basis from now until August.
  • 1.1The larva of the warble fly.
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    • According to these battle-scarred veterans, the best way to get rid of a larva is to plaster a thick piece of bacon on your skin above the breathing hole of a larva's warble.

Origin

late Middle English: of uncertain origin.

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