yodel

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

Other Words from yodel

Verb

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

Examples of yodel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Walmart yodeling boy probably thought the same was true for him. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, 19 June 2019 The first is marked by a yodeling refrain that places what's to come somewhere between Appalachia and the Alps, befitting a quintet that spans time, space and subject matter, united only by Coen's singular voice. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Sep. 2019 The Walmart yodeling boy probably thought the same was true for him. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, 19 June 2019 When summer reaches the Alps of southwestern Austria’s Tirol Province, yodeling farmers gather in the dawn light to urge drowsy cows into milling herds. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, 15 Sep. 2019 The young boy who went viral for yodeling his heart out in the middle of a Walmart was the unexpected hero of the first weekend of popular music festival Coachella. Cady Lang, Time, 16 Apr. 2018 This month Lil Nas X invited Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, the latter better known as the Walmart yodeling kid, to contribute verses. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2019 The Walmart yodeling boy probably thought the same was true for him. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, 19 June 2019 The Walmart yodeling boy probably thought the same was true for him. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, 19 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His uniqueness includes singing in unison with a fast guitar lick, using falsetto and maybe an occasional yodel and writing complex and difficult-to-perform guitar parts. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2021 And adding to the sustained yodel of Swiss pride are 16 life-size, fiberglass cows popping up all over town, decked in folk costumes that would do Heidi proud. Raphael Kadushin, National Geographic, 7 Aug. 2020 The bleacher bums behind me began to emit guttural effusions, a sort of existential, yowling yodel. Michael Powell, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2019 Get your yodel on at San Diego North County’s longest running Oktoberfest hosted by the Carlsbad Rotary. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2019 Focus was a mostly instrumental band known for its electrifying or terrifying yodels on the earlier hit Hocus Pocus. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2019 Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, 5 June 2018 Mason’s yodel was caught on camera and was subsequently shared across the internet. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, 5 June 2018 Ramsey nails the vocals of the tune, as expected, as well as his characteristic yodels. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 8 June 2018 See More

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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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More Definitions for yodel

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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