yodel

verb
yo·del | \ˈyō-dᵊl \
yodeled or yodelled; yodeling or yodelling\ˈyōd-liŋ, 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, ˈyō-dᵊl-ər \ noun

Examples of yodel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Time The must-see act of Coachella 2018's first weekend: The Walmart yodeling kid, Mason Ramsey. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Coachella 2018: The Walmart yodeling kid Mason Ramsey, 11, storms the music festival," 13 Apr. 2018 London’s Declan McKenna, at age 19, hasn’t been the youngest performer to play this year’s Coachella — that would be 11-year-old Mason Ramsey, the Walmart yodeling kid who appeared on the Sahara Tent stage with electronic dance artist Whethan. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "5 minutes with 19-year-old Coachella wunderkind Declan McKenna," 15 Apr. 2018 Modern paleontologists often refer to those extinct dinosaurs as non-avian -- that is, non-bird -- dinosaurs to distinguish them from avian dinosaurs, the ones with feathers that fly and yodel in the spring. Steven Austad, AL.com, "Dinosaurs in the garden," 14 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 \
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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