yodel

verb
yo·​del | \ ˈyō-dᵊl How to pronounce yodel (audio) \
yodeled or yodelled; yodeling or yodelling\ ˈyōd-​liŋ How to pronounce yodelling (audio) , ˈyō-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of yodel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to sing by suddenly changing from a natural voice to a falsetto and back also : to shout or call in a similar manner

transitive verb

: to sing (a tune) by yodeling

yodel

noun

Definition of yodel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a song or refrain sung by yodeling also : a yodeled shout or cry

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Other Words from yodel

Verb

yodeler \ ˈyōd-​lər How to pronounce yodeler (audio) , ˈyō-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of yodel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old boy perhaps best known for yodeling his way from Walmart to a record deal, performed the National Anthem at CMA Fest Friday (June 8). Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Mason Ramsey Performs the National Anthem at CMA Fest," 9 June 2018 Like Google’s, this video brings up the kid who yodeled in a Walmart. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The internet is a monoculture built on ads and Drake," 20 Dec. 2018 Ramsey also provides viewers with some of his signature yodeling before Bebe Rexha jumps in for a hug from the young star. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Mason Ramsey Talks Newfound Fame, Sings With Bebe Rexha at Billboard Music Awards: Watch," 20 May 2018 Mason Ramsey, the boy from Golconda, Illinois who shot to fame overnight after a video of him yodeling at Walmart went viral, is taking his talents to Coachella. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The One and Only Walmart Yodeling Boy Is Going to Bring Some Star Power to Coachella," 13 Apr. 2018 Young Mason became an internet sensation earlier this year when a video of him yodeling at a Walmart in Illinois got a huge reaction online. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Cancel your plans — the viral yodeling kid is at a Louisville Walmart," 11 May 2018 The 11-year-old went viral this spring after yodeling a Hank Williams song at Walmart. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Kingsbury enters pivotal year with unusual team, vulnerable Big 12," 29 May 2018 The kid who became a viral sensation for yodeling at Walmart has taken over the internet and now Fenway Park where pitcher Joe Kelly entered the game to the remix of the classic that has now become the stuff of memes. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Red Sox's Joe Kelly Enters Yankees' Game to 'Walmart Yodeling Kid' Remix," 10 Apr. 2018 Find an old cowhand with an old guitar To yodel me joyfully on my way. Carson Vaughan, New York Times, "Elizabeth Ebert, ‘Grand Dame of Cowboy Poetry,’ Dies at 93," 1 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Fourth Grader Whose Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Bringing Us to Tears (and More Amazingly Talented Kids)," 5 June 2018 Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Fourth Grader Whose Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Bringing Us to Tears (and More Amazingly Talented Kids)," 5 June 2018 Ramsey nails the vocals of the tune, as expected, as well as his characteristic yodels. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Mason Ramsey Officially Has a Studio Recording of Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues': Listen," 8 June 2018 During the summer, they can be identified by their shiny black head and bill, small red eyes, and distinctive calls — tremolo, wail, yodel, and hoot. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Around July Fourth, look out for loon chicks," 1 July 2018 Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Fourth Grader Whose Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Bringing Us to Tears (and More Amazingly Talented Kids)," 5 June 2018 Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Fourth Grader Whose Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Bringing Us to Tears (and More Amazingly Talented Kids)," 5 June 2018 Listen to the remix, as well as the original yodel, below. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Hear a Dance Remix of Yodeling Boy at Walmart," 3 Apr. 2018 On stage, longtime performers Jimmy and Eckhard sing traditional German songs and yodel while playing the accordion, spoons, alpine bells, the singing saw and even a large alpine horn. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Seminole County: Tradition plus Gemütlichkeit equal Hollerbach’s success," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of yodel

Verb

1827, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yodel

Verb

German jodeln

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yodel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yodel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sing loudly while changing your voice back and forth between a natural pitch and a higher pitch

yodel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yodel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a song, shout, or cry made by yodeling

yodel

verb
yo·​del | \ ˈyō-dᵊl How to pronounce yodel (audio) \
yodeled or yodelled; yodeling or yodelling

Kids Definition of yodel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sing or call with frequent sudden changes from the natural voice range to a higher range and back

Other Words from yodel

yodeler noun

yodel

noun

Kids Definition of yodel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a song or call made by yodeling

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