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
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    • 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.


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  • A song, melody, or call delivered by yodelling: he heard a yodel from below
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    • 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.



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  • 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.

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