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warble

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noun war·ble \ˈwȯr-bəl\

Definition of warble

  1. 1 :  a melodious succession of low pleasing sounds

  2. 2 :  a musical trill

  3. 3 :  the action of warbling



Origin of warble

Middle English werble tune, from Old French (Picard dialect), from werbler to sing expressively, trill, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wervelen to turn, Old High German wirbil whirlwind — more at whirl


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with warble


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warble

verb war·ble

Simple Definition of warble

  • of a bird : to sing a song that has many different notes

  • : to sing (something) especially with a high or shaky voice

Full Definition of warble

war·bledwar·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sing in a trilling manner or with many turns and variations

  3. 2 :  to become sounded with trills, quavers, and rapid modulations in pitch

  4. 3 :  sing

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to render with turns, runs, or rapid modulations :  trill

Examples of warble

  1. Birds were warbling in the trees.

  2. He warbled his way through the song.



14th Century

First Known Use of warble

14th century


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warble

noun war·ble

Definition of warble

  1. 1 :  a swelling under the skin especially of the back of cattle, horses, and wild mammals caused by infestation with maggots of a botfly or warble fly

  2. 2 :  the maggot of a warble fly

war·bled play \-bəld\ adjective


Origin of warble

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Swedish varbulde boil, from var pus + bulde swelling


First Known Use: circa 1585

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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warble

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noun war·ble \ˈwȯr-bəl\

Medical Definition of warble

  1. 1:  a swelling under the hide especially of the back of cattle, horses, and wild mammals caused by the maggot of a botfly or warble fly

  2. 2:  the maggot of a warble fly

  3. war·bled \-bəld\play adjective




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