warble

noun (1)
war·​ble | \ˈwȯr-bəl \

Definition of warble 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a melodious succession of low pleasing sounds

2 : a musical trill

3 : the action of warbling

warble

verb
warbled; warbling\-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of warble (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to sing in a trilling manner or with many turns and variations

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

3 : sing

transitive verb

: to render with turns, runs, or rapid modulations : trill

warble

noun (2)

Definition of warble (Entry 3 of 3)

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 : the maggot of a warble fly

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Other Words from warble

Noun (2)

warbled \ˈwȯr-​bəld \ adjective

Synonyms for warble

Synonyms: Verb

quaver, trill

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Examples of warble in a Sentence

Verb

Birds were warbling in the trees. He warbled his way through the song.

First Known Use of warble

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for warble

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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warbird

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warble fly

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warbler green

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warble

verb

English Language Learners 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

warble

noun
war·​ble | \ˈwȯr-bəl \

Kids Definition of warble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : low pleasing sounds that form a melody (as of a bird)

2 : the action of making low pleasing sounds that form a melody

warble

verb
warbled; warbling

Kids Definition of warble (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sing a melody of low pleasing sounds

warble

noun
war·​ble | \ˈwȯr-bəl \

Medical Definition of warble 

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 : the maggot of a warble fly

Other Words from warble

warbled \-​bəld \ adjective

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