Definition of yodel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjəʊd(ə)l/

verb (yodels, yodelling, yodelled; US yodels, yodeling, yodeled)

[no object]
Practise a form of singing or calling marked by rapid alternation between the normal voice and falsetto: they had learned how to drop into the lake, yodelling like Tarzan (as noun yodelling) Swiss floor shows with alpine horn-blowing and yodelling (as adjective yodelling) a yodelling song
More example sentences
  • For her encore, after performing about six songs, she yodeled for a minute and left.
  • There's even a hidden track of some girl yodelling.
  • No Eurovision would be complete without yodelling.


A song, melody, or call delivered by yodelling: he heard a yodel from below
More example sentences
  • I can't hear her curdling yodel.
  • With his fingerpicking and his yodel, Sexton takes us to his roots, to the buried sound of another place.
  • It's a good combination, he says - not many bands can scream their guts out and then yodel.



Example sentences
  • She is a splendid whistler, yodeller and vocal banjo.
  • The high plains yodeler helped the company warble the world mass yodelling record into submission.
  • Revel in the fact that she is a damn fine yodeler.


Early 19th century: from German jodeln.

Words that rhyme with yodel

Gödel, modal
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