- 1(Of a bird) sing softly and with a succession of constantly changing notes: larks were warbling in the treesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person) sing in a trilling or quavering voice: he warbled in an implausible sopranoMore example sentences
- 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.
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- A warbling sound or utterance: through the wall came a faint warble the warble of the phoneMore example sentences
- The only way tell is by the sound of Johnston's voice - his tenor warble appears in various stages of refinement on the fourteen tracks here.
- Problem is, this pushes Mandell's vaguely tenuous, aloof vocals up front, affected twangs, warbles and all.
- He was singing; the song was a buzzy warble followed by a trill.
late Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'melody'): from Old Northern French werble (noun), werbler (verb), of Germanic origin; related to whirl.
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: of uncertain origin.